Good News in History, August 12

Good News in History, August 12

Elvis Presley Promotes Jailhouse Rock -1957

On this day 60 years ago, Elvis Presley’s double sided hit ‘Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog’ was released. The 45rpm record went to No.1 on the US chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks – a record that would not be broken for 36 years, until Boyz II Men. (1956)

MORE Good News on This Day:

  • The Peace protocol to end the Spanish-American War was signed (1898)
  • The Wizard of Oz film starring Judy Garland was first previewed in two test markets – Kenosha, Wisconsin and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (1939)
  • The first communications satellite, Echo I, was launched, and the following day the first two-way telephone conversation by satellite took place with microwave signals bouncing from one point on Earth to another (1960)
  • Japan and China signed Treaty of Peace and Friendship (1978)
  • Space Shuttle Enterprise passed its first solo flight test by taking off atop a Boeing 747, separating and then landing in California’s Mojave Desert (1977)
  • Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion as restitution to Holocaust survivors to settle claims for their assets (1998)

trex dinosaur-Sue_skeleton-CC-Connie Ma

25 years ago today, the most complete and best preserved skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex was found in South Dakota, and named ‘Sue’, for the paleontologist, Sue Hendrickson, who made the discovery. The fossil was auctioned in 1997 for $7.6 million, the highest amount ever paid for a dinosaur fossil, and is now a permanent feature at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. (1990) –Photo credit: Connie Ma, CC