Good News in History, February 16

Good News in History, February 16

Tutanchamun MaskOn this day 93 years ago, British Egyptologist Howard Carter unsealed the treasure-filled burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. He later ensured that the artifacts remained in country, in the National Egyptian Museum. (1923)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Lt. Stephen Decatur led a successful raid into Tripoli harbor to burn the U.S.S. Philadelphia, which had fallen into the hands of pirates (1804)
  • The A-note above middle C was standardized to a frequency of 435 Hz, by French law (1859)
  • Gallaudet University received its U.S. funding charter to become an educational institution for the deaf (1857)
  • Lithuania declared its Independence (1918)
  • Canadians granted Canadian citizenship, after 80 years of issuing British passports (1947)
  • The first 911 emergency phone system was instituted by officials in Haleyville, Alabama (1968)
  • The Kyoto Protocol came into force following Russian ratification (2005)

cat-stevens-ap.jpgAnd, on this day in 2005, Musician Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, was awarded substantial damages from The Sunday Times and The Sun, after they had printed articles alleging he was involved in terrorism. Both newspapers apologized for the “false and highly defamatory allegations,” and paid his legal bills. The 56-year-old musician gave the money to Tsunami relief projects.