Good News in History, January 11

Good News in History, January 11

cigarette butt smoking-cc- lanier6752 years ago today, the US surgeon general announced that smoking causes lung cancer. The official admission changed attitudes toward tobacco and led to a 50 percent drop in the number of American cigarette smokers. (1964)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Popular Mechanics magazine was published for the first time (1902)
  • Grand Canyon National Monument was established (1908)
  • First use of insulin to treat diabetes in a human patient (1922)
  •  Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California (1935)
  • First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California (1949)
  • The Beatles released their first single in the United States, a 45-rpm record featuring Please, Please Me (1963)
  • Nigel_Short_2005_chess champ-CC-Frederic Friedel-chessbaseDOTcomEnglish chess player Nigel Short at age 14 became the youngest ever International Chess Master, four years before becoming the youngest grandmaster in the world (1980)
  • 300,000 marched in favor of Lithuanian independence (1990)
  • Illinois Governor Ryan said he would grant clemency to all death row inmates due to his belief that the death penalty could not be administered fairly and with certainty (2003)
  • Sean Penn threw an annual gala that raised $6 million from celebrity friends for his J/P Haitian Relief Organization (2014)

Photo credits: (top) lanier67, Frederic Friedel, (CC licenses)