Good News in History, July 2

Good News in History, July 2

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On this day 45 years ago, Queen first performed at Surrey College in England. This was the group’s first gig with the line-up of Brian May, Roger Taylor, John Deacon, and Freddie Mercury, who suggested the band’s name and created their logo which combined the members’ zodiac signs. Queen’s earliest works were influenced by progressive rock and heavy metal of the day, but the band gradually ventured into more conventional and radio-friendly works. WATCH the Video of Keep Yourself Alive… (1971)

(Click to enlarge the photo of Freddie Mercury statue on Lake Geneva, Switzerland by S Werner, CC)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Vermont became the first American state to abolish slavery (1777)
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by U.S. President Johnson outlawing all segregation on the basis of race (1964)
  • North and South Vietnam united after being divided since 1954 (1976)
  • 45 helium balloons and a lawnchair lifted Larry Walters to 16,000 feet (1982)
  • Vicente Fox was elected President of México, the first from an opposition party, ending the Institutional Revolutionary Party’s 71-year reign (2000)
  • Steve Fossett became the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon (2002)
  • India’s high court decriminalized homosexuality striking down a 150-year colonial ban against gay sex between consenting adults (2009)

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And on this day in 2005, Live 8 Concerts rocked 10 cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome and Moscow, designed to put pressure on G8 countries to address poverty and debt in Africa. Hundreds of millions of people saw the Bob Geldof-produced events in person, on TV, or online. As a result, five days later, the G8 leaders pledged to double levels of aid to poor nations from $25 to $50 billion by the year 2010. Included in the all-star line-ups were Pink Floyd, (reunited with former bassist/vocalist/lyricist Roger Waters for the first time in over 24 years), U2, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Chris Martin, Dave Matthews, Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, and Robin Williams–covering Queen’s We Will Rock You. DVD sets are available online.

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