Good News in History, October 26

Good News in History, October 26

Erie Canal Drawing-1836-pubdomainOn this day 190 years ago, the Erie Canal opened a passageway from New York to the Great Lakes. The canal was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Erie in the Midwestern US. It took 8 years to construct the 36 locks which overcame a total elevation differential of about 565 feet (172 m). At a time when there were only pack animals and no steamships or railways, water became a cost-effective shipping method. (1825)

(Click to enlarge the photo of Lockport)

More Good News on this Date:

  • The Football Association, the oldest football association in the world, was formed in London (1863)
  • Norway became independent from Sweden (1905)
  • The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight (1940)
  • The last known natural case of smallpox was uncovered in Somalia marking the eradication of a disease and the successful end to a spectacular vaccination campaign (1977)
  • Jordan became the second Arab country, after Egypt, to sign a peace accord with Israel, which replaced 46 years of war (1994)
  • Britain’s House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain’s upper chamber of Parliament (1999)
  • Israel’s parliament approved Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s plan for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank (2004)

And, Happy Birthday to Hillary Clinton, who turns 68 today.