On this day five years ago, Susana Martinez of New Mexico became the first Hispanic female governor elected in the United States. During her first term the Republican lawyer enjoyed one of the highest approval ratings of any governor in the US. (2010)
More Good News on this Date:
- The Times of India, the world’s largest circulated English language daily newspaper, was founded as The Bombay Times (1838)
- A new Dutch constitution drafted by Johan Thorbecke to limit the power of the monarchy, strengthening parliament and ministers, was proclaimed – and is still in use today (1848)
- Independence gained for Panama (1903, from Colombia); for Poland (1918, from Russia); Dominica (1978, from Britain); and the Federated States of Micronesia (1986, from USA)
- Washington D.C. residents were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time (1964)
- Illinois Democrat Carol Moseley-Braun became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate (1992)
And, on this day in 2013, motivational marathoner “Backwards Bill” Reilly completed his 30th NYC Marathon showing that even with cerebral palsy and lacking strong arms, he could navigate by pushing his specially built wheelchair backwards with one leg.