Good News in History, December 2

Good News in History, December 2

Environmental_Protection_Agency_logo-500pxOn this day 45 years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency opened. President Nixon created the agency that went on to ban DDT, phase out leaded gasoline, halt the use of cancer-causing PCBs, launch the Brownfields Program to clean up abandoned, contaminated sites so they can be a productive community asset, and, under George W. Bush, establish new regulations requiring truck diesel engines and fuel to be more than 90 percent cleaner. (1970)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The U.S. Senate voted 65 to 22 to censure Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) for “abusing” colleagues during his 4-year anti-Communist crusade (1954)
  • The first gorilla born in captivity arrived at Ohio’s Columbus zoo – Colo grew to become mother of 3 and grandmother of 16 more (1956)
  • United Arab Emirates gained independence from UK (1971)
  • University of Utah doctors implanted the first permanent human artificial heart – the Jarvik 7 – into Barney Clark, who lived with the heart for 112 days (1982)
  • Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first woman to head an Islam-dominated state (1988)
  • In Northern Ireland, a power-sharing cabinet of Protestants and Catholics convened for the first time (1999)

Featured photo submitted by Laura Foster Garrett‎, sunrise over Carlyle Lake, Illinois