Good News in History, August 7

Good News in History, August 7

geri-leysin-w-cam.jpg35 years ago today, Geri Weis-Corbley, founder of Good News Network, was sent to cover her first news story as an ENG camera operator for a Washington, DC news bureau, becoming one of the first females to be assigned a portable news camera in the nation’s capital. (1981)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain as a hero in the Battle of Boyacá (1819)
  • The Peace Bridge opened between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York, commemorating 100 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada (1927)
  • The balsa wood raft Kon-Tiki reached the Tuamotu Islands after Thor Heyerdahl’s 101-day (4375-mile) journey across the Pacific, which proved that prehistoric peoples could have traveled from South America (1947)
  • The Quarrymen played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout camp). Still a jazz club, with only some tolerance for skiffle music, when John Lennon dared to play ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, “Cut out the bloody rock!” By the end of 1961, The Beatles had established themselves as the Cavern Club’s signature act. (1957)
  • NBC aired the final day of Watergate hearings on U.S. daytime television (1973)
  • Philippe Petit performed a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, 1,368 feet (417 m) off the ground (1974)

(photo: Geri shooting in Leysin, Switzerland, 1985)