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On this day 51 years ago, 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)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Trade unions were legalized in Canada (1872)
  • The first Superman comic was released by Action Comics (1938)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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.



And, it is Flag Day in America, honoring the day 238 years ago when “The Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the United States Congress as the national flag. (1777)

(Photos: Flags by KConnors; Books by Moi of Ra; Ringo by Portal Focka – CC)


  1. Another thing that happened on this day, which I do NOT consider “good news”, but which is food for thought: In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an order adding the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance.

    I think this violates the rights and sensibilities of people who don’t believe in God, especially because schools force kids and parents alike to recite the “pledge” anytime school is in session. The US as per its founding documents should protect the freedom of religion, but also the freedom from religion, for those humanists who don’t believe. . . Amen.