Good News in History, June 26

Good News in History, June 26

Kennedy_moon launch_Speech_to_Congress_196153 years ago today, John F. Kennedy’s speech in West Berlin inspired the people of West Germany with the famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). WATCH… (1963)

MORE Good News from this Day:

  • The bicycle was patented (1819)
  • The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened, which connected the Great Lakes of North America to ocean-going ships (1959)
  • Madagascar gained its independence from France (1960)
  • The first rough map of the human genome was unveiled, an international effort proposed and funded by the US government, proving the DNA of any two individuals is 99.9% identical (2000)
  • The US Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act declaring that same-sex couples deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other couples who are legally married in any state (2013)
  • The US Supreme Court agreed 5-4 that the Constitution protects the rights of same-sex couples to marry no matter where in the US they reside (2015)

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And, on this day in 1945, the inspirational United Nations Charter was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco

“WE THE PEOPLES OF THE UNITED NATIONS DETERMINED

* to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and (read more)
* to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,
* to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained,
* to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,

AND FOR THESE ENDSkennedy_in_berlin

* to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors,
* to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security,
* to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest,
* to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,

HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH THESE AIMS.”

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