Good News in History, December 15

Good News in History, December 15

Leaning tower of Pisa by Alkarex Malin - GNU

On this day 14 years ago, the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after 11 years of restoration. $27 million was invested to fortify it, while preserving its famous lean. (2001)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The United States Bill of Rights became law after Virginia ratified (1791)
  • Spain opened its border gates to the people of Gibraltar after 13 years of isolation for “humanitarian reasons” (1982)
  • Romanians began their popular uprising that led to the downfall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu (1989)
  • Hoping to end 25 years of bombing, Britain and Ireland signed the Joint Declaration of Peace inviting the IRA to peace negotiations if they first will observe a 3-month ceasefire (1993)
  • Netscape Navigator’s web browser was released (1994)
  • Argentina completed early repayment of its debt to the IMF (2005)
  • Millions of Iraqis turned out to choose a parliament in a mostly peaceful election (2005)
  • SkySails, a Hamburg company, launched its maiden commercial voyage using a giant paraglider kite to pull a cargo ship; it now pulls freighters for companies like Cargill, and the US Navy, conserving energy while combating global warming (2007)
  • The United States ended their 9-year war in Iraq, pulling out all its military troops (2011)