Good News in History, October 22

Good News in History, October 22

Happy Birthday to Christopher Lloyd. The actor known for playing zany characters like Emmett “Doc” Brown in Back to the Future, and the “Reverend” on the sitcom Taxi, turns 77 years old today. His acting and distinctive voice has earned him multiple Emmy Awards. Yesterday he reprised his role as Doc Brown… (1938)

He teamed up with Michael J. Fox on the auspicious day of October 21, 2015, because it was that date in the film Back to the Future II that Doc and Marty traveled to into the future. They joined Jimmy Kimmel Live for a funny sketch last night about how the future didn’t turn out as wonderful as the original film predicted. (Photo by Gage Skidmore, 2015 CC)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Andre-Jacques Garnerin made the first recorded parachute jump, one thousand meters (3,200 feet) above Paris (1797)
  • The Metropolitan Opera House opened in New York City featuring Faust (1883)
  • Toastmasters was founded to teach people how to speak in public (1924)
  • Laos gained independence from France (1953)
  • A Canadian Parliamentary Committee selected the design which became the new official Flag of Canada (1964)
  • The Supremes became the first all-female music group to attain a No. 1 selling album, The Supremes A’ Go-Go (1966)
  • Red Dye No. 4 was banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs, although the dye might still be legal in Canada (1976)
  • The high speed TGV railway service from Paris to Lyon was inaugurated (1981)
  • India launched its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1 (2008)