Good News in History, March 20

Good News in History, March 20

Einstein_1921_by_F_Schmutzer-wikipedia100 years ago today Albert Einstein published his “General Theory of Relativity” with a German scientific journal. After wrestling with it for nearly a decade, he finally provided the answer to a scientific problem about the relationships between space, time, matter, energy and gravity, and totally changed Newtonian physics in the process. (1916)

As a consequence of Einstein’s equations, it became clear that time and space comprise a single continuum, whose shape can be bent or warped by gravitation. (Read more)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The slavery novel, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was published (1852)
  • The United States Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan (1952)
  • Tunisia gained independence from France (1956)
  • John Lennon married Yoko Ono “in Gibraltar near Spain” (1969)
  • Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (1985)
  • The AIDS drug AZT became the first US-approved treatment for HIV to significantly altered the course of the illness, and end the notion that HIV/AIDS is a death sentence (1987)
  • 22 state lawsuits settled against the tobacco industry, which admitted marketing cigarettes to teenagers and agreed to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive (1997)
  • Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain completed the first nonstop hot-air balloon voyage around the world (1999)
  • After years of Cold War tension, President Barack Obama becomes first US president to visit Cuba since 1928, further instilling diplomacy between the two countries (2016)

Photo by Sun StarAlso, Happy first day of spring for everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere! Today is the vernal equinox, after which every day has a little more sunlight than the day before. It is also a great date for celebrating the fourth annual UN-endorsed International Day of Happiness.