Good News in History, December 28

Good News in History, December 28

One year ago today, a neighborhood in Turkey surprised a young hearing-impaired man by speaking to him in sign language throughout the day. After a month of training, the taxi driver, bagel shop owner, and people on the street were able to make him feel like there were no barriers to communication in his world. Watch the video… (2014)

The community organized the giant-sized good deed with the help of Samsung, which had just opened a new customer service center that worked via sign language. They also hired an ad agency to produce a wonderful video (watch it here)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Westminster Abbey was consecrated (1065)
  • Cyrano de Bergerac, an Edmond Rostand play, premiered in Paris – about a real-life French dramatist and his nose (1897)
  • The first audience paid to attend a motion picture by the Lumière brothers in Paris consisting of 10 short films, including 46 seconds of Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895)
  • The Peak District became the UK’s first National Park (1950)
  • President Richard Nixon signed a strengthened version of the Endangered Species Act, which led to the recovery of the bald eagle and other species (1973)
  • The first American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr, was born in Norfolk, Virginia (1981)
  • Nepal‘s parliament abolished the country’s monarchy to replace it with a federal democratic Republic (2007)