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Good News in History, October 7

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Marian-Anderson-sings60 years ago on this date, New York’s Metropolitan Opera hired its first black performer, contralto singer Marian Anderson, who performed on stage the following January 7. (1954)

Watch her sing Ave Maria in the video below.

More Good News from this Date:

  • The Stamp Act Congress convened in New York to draw up colonial grievances against England (1765)
  • U.S. and British government announced the establishment of the United Nations (1942)
  • American poet Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl for the first time at the Six Gallery in San Francisco (1955)
  • President John F. Kennedy signed the Partial Test Ban Treaty with Britain and the Soviet Union, prohibiting all test detonations of nuclear weapons except underground (1963)
  • Hollywood adopted its movie ratings system (1968)
  • The musical “Cats” opened on Broadway, beginning its record run of 7,485 performances (1982)