Good News in History, July 20

Good News in History, July 20

Fujimoto_Shun_gymnast on rings-webOn this day 40 years ago, gymnast Shun Fujimoto won Olympic gold medals for himself and his Japanese team after breaking his knee during the floor exercise routine. Performing with the injury, he scored 9.5 on the pommel horse and 9.7 on the rings, dismounting from the rings onto his broken knee from eight feet above ground and keeping his balance, landing on his feet. WATCH the video… (1976)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Methodist Church voted to allow women to become priests (1926)
  • The world’s first-ever elected female head of government in the modern era was elected in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), Sirimavo Bandaranaike as Prime Minister (1960)
  • Men first stepped on the moon during NASA’s Apollo 11 mission; Neil Armstrong first, because he was closest to the door and Buzz Aldrin second (1969)
  • Viking 1 landed on Mars and its robot spacecraft transmitted the first color images from the planet’s surface, the culmination of an 11-month journey (1976)
  • Israel’s Shimon Peres visited Jordan, the highest ranking Israeli official to do so (1994)
  • Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage (2005)

Small pile of Doubloons and Reales.


Also, on this day in 1985, treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his crew discovered part of the 1622 Spanish galleon wreck, the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, 40 miles off Key West, an estimated $450 million motherlode that included 40 tons of gold and silver, 114,000 Spanish silver coins known as “pieces of eight”, Colombian emeralds, gold and silver artifacts, and 1000 silver ingots. Mel struggled through decades of hard times treasure hunting in the Florida Keys with the motto Today’s the Day. Much of the bounty is on display in the nonprofit Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, but snce 2001, treasure hunters have been limited by the adoption of the UNESCO treaty, the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.