Good News in History, February 17

Good News in History, February 17

Garry Kasparov chess champ webOn this day 20 years ago, Russian chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov completed his defeat of the IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in a six-game chess match. Kasparov had been the youngest-ever World Chess Champion in 1985 at the age of 22, a title he held for 15 years. Considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time, Kasparov is also an author and outspoken political activist for democracy, dedicating himself to “establishing free and fair elections in his homeland”. (1996)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The Armory Show opened in New York City as the first large exhibition of modern art in America featuring the impressionists of Europe (1913)
  • Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly premiered (1904)
  • The world’s first comic superhero, The Phantom, published (1936)
  • Pope Pius XII declared the patron saint of television: Saint Clare [1193~1253] of Assisi (1958)
  • Kosovo declared independence (2008)

 

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