80 years ago this month, Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1, the first edition of the superhero comic book by DC Comics. The comic book hero created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster leapt tall buildings in a single bound, and ignited an unbroken print run of 904 numbered issues—the first one selling for 10 cents. Considered the most valuable comic book in the world, a copy recently sold for more than $3 million dollars (1938)
MORE Good News on this Day:
- Trade unions were legalized in Canada (1872)
- The Supreme Court ruled schoolchildren could not be compelled to salute the flag of the United States if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs (1943)
- The Vatican abolished their list of prohibited books going back to 1557, which in 1948 still included authors like Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Milton, Locke, Swift, Kant, Spinoza, de Balzac, Bacon, Zola, Sartre, and Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables (1966)
- Phil Jackson, coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, broke Red Auerbach’s record by winning his 10th NBA title (2009)
- President Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Puerto Rico in 35 years (2011)
It is Flag Day in America, honoring the day 241 years ago when “The Stars and Stripes” design was adopted by the United States Congress as the national flag. (1777)
Also on this day, in 2012, Ringo Starr’s boyhood home in Liverpool was saved from demolition when Beatles fans and city residents successfully lobbied to save the house, along with 15 others in the area.
The run-down three-bedroom Victorian was marked for demolition in the low-income Dingle neighborhood, but the Liverpool City Council agreed to give locals the opportunity to fix up the properties.
(Photos: Flags by KConnors and Ringo by Portal Focka – CC)