Good News in History, December 29

Good News in History, December 29

Feminist-Movement-UKOn this date 40 years ago, gender discrimination was outlawed in the UK. New legislation guaranteed a woman’s right to equal pay and status in the workplace and in society. The Sex Discrimination and Equal Pay Acts made it illegal to discriminate against women in work, education and training. (1975)

“Sex discrimination by employers, unless they employ five or fewer people, is now illegal as is any form of bias by landlords, finance companies, schools and restaurants,” reported the BBC. “The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) has been set up, and under the Act it has a duty to promote equality of the sexes.”

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Irish Free State became Ireland and adopted a new constitution (1937)
  • Václav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia, the first non-Communist leader in more than 40 years (1989)
  • Construction of the Tian Tan Buddha, the world’s tallest outdoor bronze statue of the seated Buddha, was completed in Hong Kong (1993)
  • Guatemala and leaders of the National Revolutionary Union signed a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war (1996)
  • The New England Patriots became the first NFL team in 35 years to finish the regular season undefeated winning 16 games in a row (2007)
  • The first gay couples were married by the state of Maine, after 53 percent of voters in November supported the initiative – photo, Steven Bridges and Michael Snell were the first couple married in Portland at midnight (2012)geri-penny-lane.jpg

Also on this date, Paul McCartney began studio work on his new song ‘Penny Lane’, named for the street near Lennon’s house, in the band’s hometown of Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the center of the city. (1966)