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Good News in History, August 29

Happy 60th Birthday to astronaut Chris Hadfield, the Canadian Air Force Commander who became the first Canadian to ever walk in space or command...

Nestlé Launches New ‘World-First’ Biodegradable Paper Wrappers for Mass Production

Furthermore, the company will abstain from patenting the technology as a means of encouraging other companies to adopt the packaging as well.

Good News in History, May 9

Happy Birthday to Billy Joel who turns 70 years old today. After dropping out of high school on Long Island, he started a music...

Good News in History, May 5

210 years ago today, a U.S. patent was awarded to a woman for the first time. In that American era, females could neither own...

Good News in History, May 1

Happy Birthday to the uniquely whimsical film director and writer Wes Anderson, who celebrates 50 years today. Born in Houston, he befriended actor Owen Wilson...

Good News in History, January 5

50 years ago today, the Prague Spring began after a reformist was elected in the Communist party of Czechoslovakia. The liberal-minded Alexander Dubcek started to grant additional rights to the citizens, by loosening restrictions on the media, speech and travel. The Soviet Union finally brought down an iron fist to halt the democratization eight months later, invading the country with a half a million heavily-armed troops. But it wasn’t enough to stop a spirited non-violent resistance mounted throughout the country… (1968)

Good News in History, December 29

On this day 80 years ago, a decade and a half after the Irish War of Independence and its treaty-induced interim government, Ireland was born when it adopted its own Constitution. A document committed to democratic ideals that enshrined the people as masters, it also provided the right to every child for a free primary education provided by the State. (1937)

Good News in History, December 13

Happy Birthday to beloved entertainer Dick Van Dyke, who turns 93 years old today. Known for his beaming smile, physical dexterity, impeccable comic timing,...

Good News in History, December 7

30 years ago today, President Mikhail Gorbachev announced that the Soviet Union would unilaterally reduce armed forces by half a million men and withdraw...

Good News in History, November 28

Happy 75th Birthday to singer-songwriter and composer Randy Newman. Best known for his distinctive voice and film scores for 8 Pixar films—as well as...

Good News in History, November 24

150 years ago today, Scott Joplin, the African-American composer and pianist dubbed the “King of Ragtime,” was born in Texas to an ex-slave. One...

Good News in History, November 21

This daily column features all the good news, anniversaries and birthdays from this day in history—November 21.

Good News in History, November 20

21 years ago today, the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor was confirmed and established as the new species Australopithecus...

Good News in History, November 17

Happy Birthday to the versatile actress Rachel McAdams who turns 40 today. Ever since her breakthrough 2004-05 run of Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding...

Good News in History, November 14

On this day 135 years ago, “Treasure Island” by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson was first published. The pirate story was the first to talk...

Good News in History, October 28

Today is the 78th anniversary of the day when Greece replied to Fascist demands with an emphatic NO. It commemorates the rejection by Greek...

Solar-Powered Pod Allows You to Live Anywhere Off the Grid, Now For Sale

Your carbon footprint can't get much smaller than living in this futuristic-looking tiny house. The best part is that you can park it anywhere and begin generating your own...

Jew Saved From Nazis Now Helps Christians Flee ISIS to Repay ‘Debt’

A 95-year-old Jewish publisher saved from Nazi-occupied Austria as a child is now funding the flight of Syrian Christians who are seeking refuge from...

Nicholas Winton, Rescuer of 669 Children in Holocaust, Dies at 106

Nicholas Winton quietly organized the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia at the start of World War II when the Nazis were...

Blind Toddler Plays Mozart and Bach Without Any Piano Lessons

A blind toddler from a small village near the Slovakia capital is being hailed a "true little Mozart" for his keyboard renditions of classical...