Good News in History, June 27

Good News in History, June 27

Masjid_Al_Haram_Mecca-mosque-CC Ali_MansuriOn this day 10 years ago, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister wrote an essay to remind everyone that Muslims have been an integral part of Britain and its way of life for centuries and Islam is not something that’s arrived in the last few years. Lord Triesman’s essay, originally printed in the Jordan Times and reprinted with permission here at Good News Network, reminded Westerners that the rich scientific tradition in Muslim countries, with advances in medicine and mathematics—and countless other civilizing influences—“triggered the Renaissance and allowed Europe to slowly emerge from the Dark Ages”. (2006)

LEARN MORE: 20 Muslim Inventions that Shaped Our World (Photo of Mecca by Ali Mansuri, CC)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • President John F. Kennedy visited his ancestral homeland from where his great grandfather set sail for America during the Irish potato famine of 1848, and reporters covered the joyful return (1963)
  • President Richard Nixon, having made great progress over the previous two years in U.S.-Soviet relations, visited the U.S.S.R for the second time, arriving to a welcome ceremony, cheering crowds, and a state dinner with Brezhnev at the Grand Kremlin Palace —  and for discussions of a proposed mutual defense pact, détente, and nuclear weapons (1973)
  • The Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention adopted the ILO-169, a major binding international convention to respect the rights of indigenous peoples. It was ratified by 22 countries (1989)
  • President Bill Clinton and President Jiang Zemin hosted a live joint news conference broadcast throughout China, offering an uncensored airing of differences on human rights, freedom, trade and Tibet New York Times (1998)
  • The first federal Do-Not-Call list went into effect with the US registering more than 735,000 phones for a list that blocks some of the unwelcome solicitations of tele-marketers–except for charities and political groups (2003)



And, on this day in 1880, Helen Keller was born. As the first deaf and blind American to earn a bachelor of arts degree, she became a world-famous speaker and author of twelve books, remembered as a suffragist, leftist activist, and advocate for the disabled. Her life and her education with radical teacher, Anne Sullivan, were immortalized on Broadway and film. The play and movie, The Miracle Worker, were based on Keller’s autobiography, The Story of My Life. (Click to enlarge this Library of Congress image by an unknown photographer)