Good News in History, July 5

Good News in History, July 5



On this day 16 years ago, conservationists launched the largest ever airlift of wild birds. Over 18,000 penguins were moved to safety as an oil slick threatened their South African breeding ground during mating season. A third of the entire species of black-footed penguins (found only in Africa and classified as “threatened”) lived on the islands. Thousands of volunteers and zoo experts helped with both the airlift, and the cleaning of 20,000 birds. Watch the video… (2000)

This video shows volunteers and experts scrubbing and feeding nearly 20,000 oil-soaked penguins in thirty days.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Isaac Newton published his formulation of the laws of motion, which formed the foundation of classical mechanics, as well as his law of universal gravitation (1687)
  • William Booth founded The Salvation Army in London (1865)
  • The National Labor Relations Act is enacted in the U.S. (1935)
  • The British National Health Service Act was launched providing government-financed medical and dental care as an integral part of British society, largely “free at the point of delivery”, paid for by taxes (1948)
  • The Birth of Rock & Roll? In his first commercial recording session, 19-year-old Elvis Presley–invited to play with session musicians at Sun Records–launched into That’s All Right, an old blues number that became a huge cross-over hit with both white and black audiences (1954)


  • The US voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 years, and certified by President Nixon (1971)
  • Arthur Ashe was the first black man to win Wimbledon singles’ championship (1975)
  • The SARS virus was declared to be contained by the WHO (2003)
  • First Indonesian presidential election (2004)
  • Roger Federer won a record 15th Grand Slam tennis tournament at Wimbledon (2009)