On this day 50 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court voted unanimously to effectively strike down state laws banning interracial marriage as unconstitutional. It was a seminal moment for civil rights that affected more than a dozen states, and for the couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who filed the lawsuit against Virginia. (1967)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Virginia’s colonial legislature became the first to adopt a Bill of Rights (1776)
- The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum was dedicated in Cooperstown, N.Y. (1939)
- 75 years ago today, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday (1942)
- In New York City’s Central Park, 750,000 people rallied against nuclear weapons with Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, and Linda Ronstadt (1982)
- 30 years ago today, Ronald Reagan challenged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall (1987)
- Queen Elizabeth reopened the Globe Theatre in London (1997)
- The Philippines on its Independence Day celebrated its centennial year of Independence from Spain (1998)
And, Rachel Beckwith, although she only lived to her ninth birthday on this day in 2011, left a lasting legacy that helped to raise more than $1.26 million for clean water. When she learned that people in the world are dying because they don’t have access to clean drinking water, she wanted to raise $300 for “charity:water,” by asking for donations instead of presents for her ninth birthday. When she died in a car crash weeks later, her memory inspired a flood of inspired action by adults and children worldwide. READ the full story of Rachel’s legacy and Watch a heartwarming video on Good News Network, here.
And, on this day in 2010, rookie baseball player Daniel Nava hit the first pitch he ever saw as a big leaguer for a grand slam — only the second player to do so — driving in 4 runs at Fenway Park for his Boston team. Red Sox Radio broadcaster Joe Castiglione had told him before the game to swing as hard as he could on the first pitch because “that’s the only first pitch in the majors you’ll ever see,” and he did.
Kevin Kouzmanoff in 2006 was the only other player to clear the bases on his first MLB swing. Nava still plays for the Red Sox and hit his second grand slam in September, 2014. Watch the grand slam below – (Photo by Dan Leahy-CC)