On this day 25 years ago, Kim Campbell was chosen to lead the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada—and she became the first and only female Prime Minister of Canada. Campbell was also the first baby boomer to hold that office, and the only Prime Minister born in British Columbia. She held the position until November. (1993)
More Good News from this Day in History:
- The Diary of Anne Frank was published (1947)
- “Long-Haired Hare” arrived in theaters starring the new character, Bugs Bunny (1949)
- Sonia Sotomayor, was born of Puerto Rican parents in the Bronx, and later rose to become the first Hispanic justice on the U.S. Supreme Court (1954)
- Croatia and Slovenia declared their independence from Yugoslavia (1991)
- The US Supreme Court by a vote of 6-3 upheld the government’s right to provide health coverage subsidies to residents of any state that relies on the federal insurance exchange established by the Affordable Care Act (2015)
And, on this day in history, the renegade travel host and chef Anthony Bourdain, was born. With his food and culture show, No Reservations, and the groundbreaking book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, he became known as “the culinary bad boy”.
An executive chef for many years and heroin addict, the New Yorker eventually recovered and “changed the voice of food”. After eight seasons of Parts Unknown, a travel-culture-foodie show for CNN, and possibly still suffering from depression, Anthony took his own life in 2018.
And on this day in 1967, the first live television show via satellite was watched internationally by an estimated 400 million people. Our World featured segments produced in 14 countries on 5 continents (like, Marshall McLuhan in Canada and Pablo Picasso in Spain). The Beatles performed live, debuting a song specially composed for the occasion, ‘All You Need Is Love’, with backing vocals provided by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon and Marianne Faithfull. (WATCH some of the Our World broadcast below. The Beatles portion, previously available on YouTube, is blocked for copyright reasons.)
Notable Anniversaries: Nicole Kidman married her singer boyfriend Keith Urban (2006)