Good News in History, November 1

Good News in History, November 1

On this day 495 years ago, the Strait of Magellan, the most important natural seafaring passage connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, was first discovered and navigated by a European explorer when Ferdinand Magellan entered on his historic circumnavigation voyage. The waterway is at the southern end of mainland South America (Chile) and protected by Tierra Del Fuego islands to the south. (1520)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Michelangelo’s paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceiling were unveiled to the public–a 12,000 sq ft canvas (1114 sq m) that took four years to complete and is widely considered his crowning achievement in painting (1512)
  • Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello was first performed in London’s Whitehall palace (1604); likewise, the romantic comedy, The Tempest premiered (1611)
  • The Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time–with a Fresnel lens that can be seen for about 19 miles (1859)
  • The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public (1897)
  • American photographer Ansel Adams took a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography (1941)
  • Bosnia peace talks opened in Dayton, Ohio (1995)

Seabiscuit with George WoolfAlso on this day, a small horse named Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in a miracle upset victory that came to be known as horse racing’s Match of the Century. The undersized, knobby-kneed thoroughbred given to sleeping and eating for long periods, became a symbol of hope to Americans during the Great Depression. (1938)

Holidays: Mexico – Day of the Dead; Catholicism – All Saints Day; Independence Day for Antigua and Barbuda, from Britain in 1981; Algeria Day