Good News in History, August 6

Good News in History, August 6

Olympic swinner Gertrude EderleOn this day 90 years ago, American Gertrude Ederle became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. Called “The Queen of the Waves”, she was an Olympic champion swimmer, and former world record-holder in five events. (1926)

MORE Good News on This Day:

  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, one of England’s most quoted poets, was born: “Tis better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.” (1809)
  • The television comedian Lucille Ball was born (1911)
  • The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into U.S. law, aiming to prohibit racial discrimination in voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution, especially in the south where minority rights were not being enforced (1965)
  • Tim Berners-Lee released files describing his idea for the World Wide Web (1991)
  • Doi Takako became Japan’s first female speaker of the House of Representatives (1991)
  • British Prime Minister Tony Blair shook hands with Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, the first meeting in 76 years between a British leader and IRA ally (1997)
  • Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice by a Senate vote of 68-31 (2009)
  • The U.S. sent a representative to the ceremony in Japan marking the 65th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima with the United States represented at the ceremony for the first time, reflecting President Barack Obama’s push to rid the world of nuclear weapons (2010)
  • After a decade-long journey chasing its target, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, carrying three NASA instruments, became the first spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet (2014)

And, on this day, Bogota, Colombia was founded (1538) and independence was claimed by both Bolivia, in 1825, and Jamaica, in 1962.