Good News in History, February 13

Good News in History, February 13

CNN Hero built a playgound in Russian homelandTwo years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, 1500 volunteers gathered in a one-day blitz to erect playgrounds for nearly 36,000 New Orleans children. The playgrounds were designed by the schools’ own students and funded by Fanny Mae, which supplied 1000 of the volunteer workers. (2007)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The first public school in the US, Boston Latin School (photo, below) was founded; Benjamin Franklin was its most famous dropout (1635)
  • Spain recognized Portugal’s independence (1668)
  • The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne was first published in Paris by Hubertine Auclert and lasted ten years (1881)
  • The ASCAP union (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) was established to protect the copyrights of members’ music. (1914)
  • A concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London heralded the return of Eric Clapton out of heroin-induced isolation, a comeback after two years of inactivity arranged by his friend, Pete Townshend, and recorded for an LP that featured the pair along with Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood (1973)
  • Agreement was reached for a two-stage plan to reunite Germany (1990)
  • Astronomers announced the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond, a white dwarf star they named “Lucy,” after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” (2004)
  • Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and their Stolen Generations (2008)
  • Washington became the seventh U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage (2012)

PrinceValiantAnd, on this day in 1937, Canadian Hal Foster published his first Prince Valiant comic strip famed for its superb medieval detail. Calling it ”an illustrated historical novel”, he would write and illustrate it for the next 42 years. He had already drawn the Tarzan strip from 1929-1937.