Good News in History, January 1

Good News in History, January 1


Happy New Year! On this day 153 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in US Confederate rebel states and leading to new attitudes about slavery (1863)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The importation of slaves into the United States was banned (1808)
  • 115 years ago, The Commonwealth of Australia was formed (1901)
  • 70 years ago, the United Nations Declaration was signed by 26 nations (1942)
  • Haiti became the first independent country in the West Indies (1804); Spanish rule ended in Cuba (1899); Italy embraced a Constitution (1948)
  • UN Cease-fire orders in Kashmir stopped the war between India and Pakistan (1949)
  • Gaining Independence: Republic of the Sudan (1956), Cameroon (1960), Western Samoa (1962), The Sultanate of Brunei (1984)
  • The feared Y2K computer bugs caused none of the problems predicted to arise with the new millenium date (2000)
  • Norwegian 19 year-old Magnus Carlsen, became the youngest chess grandmaster ever to top the world rankings (2010)

And, on this day in 1892, Ellis Island opened to begin accepting immigrants into the United States. Officials presented a ten dollar gold piece to the first immigrant to pass through the gates of the new station. Fifteen year old Annie Moore’s response to the gift was “she will never part with it, but will always keep it as a pleasant momento of the occasion.”