420 years ago today, on the occasion of Shakespeare’s 33rd birthday, an acclaimed honor was bestowed on the young playwright when Queen Elizabeth I attended the Globe theater to see his play, The Merry Wives of Windsor. (1597)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • After graduating from the Law College of Howard University (Phi Beta Kappa), the first black woman lawyer in the United States, Charlotte E. Ray, was admitted to the Washington, DC bar association (1872)
  • Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves hit the first of his record 755 major-league baseball home runs (1954)
  • The Rolling Stones‘ album Sticky Fingers was released (1971)
  • The Ramones released their debut album. which included the well-known track, Blitzkrieg Bop, igniting the punk rock era from Queens, NYC. (1976)
  • Eritreans voted overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a UN-monitored referendum (1993)
  • The French National Assembly voted 331-225 to approve marriage equality, making France the 14th country to legalize gay marriage (2013)

YouTube boosts digital media


And, on this day 12 years ago, the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Entitled ‘Me at the zoo‘, the short clip was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim, a programmer, who partnered with two of his former PayPal co-workers, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, to create the company. Just 19 months later, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion. (2005) – Photo, Rego Korosi, CC