Good News in History, July 28

Good News in History, July 28

Today is the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the beloved children’s author and illustrator. From her first beautifully illustrated book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902, she went on to create a series of stories based around animal characters including Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Not just a humorous storyteller and artist who, as a botanist, could render scientific illustrations, she was also an environmentalist, sheep farmer and businesswoman. With determination, she overcame professional rejection, academic humiliation, and personal heartbreak, to go on to earn a fortune. WATCH a Lovely Tribute… (1866)

To mark the occasion, Britain’s mail service released a set of six Special Stamps and a Stamp Sheet featuring her beloved illustrations. (Click to enlarge photos) Learn more at the website,

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Peru declared its independence from Spain (1821)
  • The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and equal protection under the law to former slaves, was declared in effect (1868)
  • The city of Miami, Florida is incorporated (1896)
  • In their preparation for U.S. statehood, Hawaiians voted to send the first Chinese-American, Hiram L. Fong, to the Senate and the first Japanese-American, Daniel K. Inouye, to the House of Representatives (1959)
  • First major U.S. city banned sale and possession of handguns, San Francisco (1982)
  • Australian Ian Thorpe becomes the first swimmer to win 6 gold medals at a single World Championships (2001)
  • Nine coal miners were rescued after 77 hours trapped underground in the flooded Quecreek Mine in Pennsylvania (2002)
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) officially ended its 30-year armed campaign to win the independence of Northern Ireland and began the full decommissioning of its weapons under international supervision, saying they would pursue exclusively peaceful means to its ends (2005)
  • Jim Davis, the cartoonist whose inspiration for Garfield the sarcastic feline came from growing up on a small farm in Indiana with his parents, brother, and twenty-five cats, turns 70 today (2015)



And, on this day in 1929, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was born in Southampton, New York. As First Lady and wife to President Kennedy, she brought babies to the White House for the first time in a half century and established a culture of elegance in the building, which has lasted to this day.

Photo (top): IRA pin, Shinn Féin Bookshop, CC