Good News in History, November 7

Good News in History, November 7

Joni Mitchell-small-her-website-cropHappy Birthday to Joni Mitchell who turns 72 years old today. The Canadian singer-songwriter and painter is one of the most influential female musicians of the late 20th century. Her songs include ”Both Sides Now,” “Chelsea Morning,”  “Big Yellow Taxi,” “A Case of You,” “River,” “California,” and “Free Man in Paris” – all recorded before she was 32. Her distinctive open-tuned guitar was prompted by her childhood bout with polio which left her fingers affected. She said it later freed her… (1943)

Joni Mitchell-guitar-B+W-her-website-croppedShe called the improvised tuning approach “a tool to break free of standard approaches to harmony and structure” in her own songwriting.

In March 2015, she was struck by a serious brain aneurysm. Judy Collins reported in October that “Joni is walking, talking, painting some, doing much rehab every day, and making good progress.” (Wish her a happy birthday at – Click to enlarge photos, taken from

More Good News on this Date:

  • The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published (1665)
  • US President Lyndon Johnson signed a bill establishing the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (1967)
  • Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto of the War Powers Resolution to limit presidential power to wage war without congressional approval (1973)
  • Doug Wilder in Virginia became the first elected African-American governor in US history and David Dinkins became the first African-American mayor of New York City (1989)
  • Mary Robinson became the first woman to be elected President of the Republic of Ireland (1990)
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate, becoming the first former First Lady to win public office in the United States (2000)
  • Nancy Pelosi became the first woman speaker of the house in United States history, third in line to the president (2006)
  • Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, became the first Muslim elected to Congress (2006)
  • Wisconsin voted to elect Tammy Baldwin to become the country’s first openly gay U.S. senator, by a margin of 51-46 (2012)