vote-button-lrg150 years ago today, African-Americans in the United States voted for first time in a state election. It was in the southern state in Tennessee. (1867)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Japan abolished its samurai, farmer, artisan, merchant class system as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms (1869)
  • The world’s first underground tube railway, Tower Subway, opened in London (1870)
  • 240 years ago, the U.S. Continental Congress began signing the Declaration of Independence (1776)
  • The Viking replica ‘Gaia’ reached the first Norse settlement in Newfoundland for the 1,000th anniversary of Leif Eriksson’s landing after having left Norway on May 17 (1991)
  • New Orleans re-named their airport the  Louis Armstrong Airport, in honor of the trumpet player, singer and bandleader, one of the city’s favorite sons (2001)
  • Liberian President Charles Taylor agreed to cede power (2003)

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And on this day in 2004, Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic British gentleman’s outfitters, based in London since 1839, from closure. The guitarist said he had been fond of the West End shop since a window display of a tweed suit caught his eye when he was 16, and he became a regular shopper there. Cordings was the originator of the Covert coat and the Tattersall shirt and made riding boots for the Queen Mother. WATCH Clapton tell the story.


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