Good News in History, February 9

Good News in History, February 9

kindness-founders18 years ago today, the first annual Random Acts of Kindness Week began. Originally, the idea to “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” came to Anne Herbert while sitting in a Sausalito cafe during the 1980s. She wrote a book about it, for ages 7 and up, in 1991. This year, in 2016, the week-long campaign will start Feb. 14. (1998)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Volleyball was invented by William Morgan (1895)
  • Singer and songwriter Carole King, 74, was born (1942)
  • Jamaica became independent (1962)
  • The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show before a record-setting audience of 73 million Americans waiting to see them perform their No. 1 hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1964)
  • Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player in the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971)
  • Voters in Lithuania voted for independence (1991)
  • The Vance-Owen peace plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina was announced (1994)
  • Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African-American and first Briton to perform spacewalks (1995)