Good News in History, August 15

Good News in History, August 15

Beatles-take-field-at Shea-1965-fairuse51 years ago today, The Beatles played to 56,000 screaming teens at Shea Stadium in New York City. A pivotal event in rock and roll, it was the first stadium concert. John Lennon later called it a career highlight, saying, “I saw the top of the mountain.” WATCH a Clip… (1965)

Set List: Twist and Shout, She’s a Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket to Ride, Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s in Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

The Beatles At Shea became a documentary produced by Ed Sullivan, which includes backstage scenes of The Fab Four fooling around in the dressing room, and a 30 minute performance video. Watch a few moments of history below…

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Mayflower launched from a pier in Southampton, England (1620)
  • Tivoli Gardens opened — and is still intact today — in Copenhagen, Denmark (1843)
  • Thomas Edison made the first-ever recording — “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1877)
  • Korean Liberation Day (1945)
  • The Woodstock Music and Art Festival opened (1969)
  • A SETI project radio telescope at Ohio State University received a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the “Wow! signal”, for the notation made by a volunteer on the project (1977)



In 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened to ships after completion of one of the largest, most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken. The series of locks and manmade lakes constructed by France and the US connected the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, eliminating the need for a lengthy, hazardous route around South America. (1914)

And, on this day in 1947, India gained independence from the United Kingdom after some 200 years of British rule. Jawaharlal Nehru took office as the first Prime Minister of India, while “Mohandas K. Gandhi, the real hero of the New Delhi ceremony, was absent and, instead, in humble surroundings among the Moslems of Calcutta, where he felt he was needed more.” (NY Times)