Good News in History, November 13

Good News in History, November 13

Aung San Suu Kyi-CC-Htoo Tay Zar-750pxFive years to the day that Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader and Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, was finally released from detention after 15 years, she and her party have been confirmed the winners of a national election. The landslide victory for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, means an end to the military dictatorship and the naming of a new president and cabinet. (2010)


MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Hormel’s Minnesota meat packing workers sat down on the job for three days demanding higher wages in what was perhaps the first successful sit-down strike in American labor history (1933)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Alabama’s racial segregation on public buses, thus ending the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1956)
  • The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. (1982) –See below
  • Saddam Hussein agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors to Iraq, demanded by a UN Security Council Resolution (2002)
  • Andrew Stimpson, a 25-year old British model, was reported to be the first person proven to have been ‘cured’ of HIV, after only being prescribed daily supplements (2005)

Vietnam Veterans Memorial- Mariordo-CCThe haunting monument remembering the Vietnam War stirred controversy because of its modernist design, but the reflective wall has become a beloved memorial. The names of those 58,267 killed or missing in the conflict are carved in rows on the 250-foot-long tapering slabs of polished black granite, with visitors fondling or tracing them onto paper. A jury of eight architects and sculptors unanimously chose the design by 21-year-old Maya Ying Lin, an architecture student from Yale University.