Good News in History, December 9

Good News in History, December 9

vaccine-jarsOn this date, 36 years ago, the eradication of the smallpox virus was achieved, making smallpox the first, and to date only, human disease driven to extinction. (1979)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Peru secured its independence by defeating Spanish colonialists (1824)
  • In Louisiana, P.B.S. Pinchback (born Pinckney Benton Stewart) became the first African-American to serve as the governor of a U.S. state (1872)
  • Tanzania gained Independence from Britain (1961)
  • Lech Wałęsa became the first directly elected president of Poland winning in a landslide (1990)
  • Judi_Dench_at_the_BAFTAs_2007-326pxCanada‘s Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage was constitutional (2004)

And, Happy Birthday to Academy Award winning actor Judi Dench who turns 81 years old today. (1934)



  1. Wow, Never Heard That
    I’ll check the link out. Thanks!

    And, further, this quote from Yoko, which probably refers to the senseless killing of John, is inspiring on this day…

    I saw sorrow turning to clarity.” – Yoko Ono”