Good News in History, November 2

Good News in History, November 2

bbc-logo80 years ago on this day, the BBC Television Service was launched—the world’s first continuous, broadcast-quality TV service—by the British Broadcasting Corporation. (1936)

More Good News on this Date:

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  • The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, was established (1936)
  • The Levelland UFO Case in Texas occurred, with separate people reporting sightings of blue lit egg-shaped craft that would disengage nearby cars, one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history (1957)
  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King Day to honor the Civil Rights hero — the only national holiday named for an individual (1983)
  • Hostage David Jacobsen was freed after 17 months captivity by Islamic Jihad (1986)
  • The International Space Station became a home for the first time as an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts arrived for a four-month stay–and it has been continuously occupied since then (2000)

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And, on this day in 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania started broadcasting as the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. After building a transmitter for the company, Westinghouse employee Frank Conrad listened as colleagues broadcast the US presidential election returns from a shack on the roof. It was reportedly heard as far away as Canada. (Republican Warren G. Harding won the election that night, on his 55th birthday.) Photo by Djembayz, CC

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