photo from hubble telescope

30 years ago today, thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the “harmonic convergence,” a planetary alignment with the Sun, Moon and six, out of eight, planets that believers marked as the start of a new, more enlightened age. (1987)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The first transatlantic telegraph cable was inaugurated by U.S. President Buchanan who exchanged greetings with UK’s Queen Victoria (1858)
  • Dominican Republic gained freedom after four-year war against Spanish Annexation (1865)
  • First female students admitted to the (Imperial) Tōhoku University of Japan (1913)
  • Sports Illustrated was first published by Time Inc. (1954)
  • Britain granted independence to Cyprus (1960)
  • Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best to become the drummer for The Beatles (1962)



On this day in 1960, as part of research into high altitude bailouts, Air Force Captain Joseph Kittinger parachuted from a balloon at 102,800 feet (31,330 meters) over New Mexico, setting four historical records: highest balloon ascent, highest parachute jump, longest drogue-fall (four minutes), and fastest speed by a human without an aircraft. The Tampa-born retired Colonel fell for 19 miles and reached a maximum speed of 614 miles per hour (988 km/h). In 2012, at the age of 84, he participated in the Red Bull Stratos project as capsule communicator, directing Felix Baumgartner on his record-breaking 39-kilometer (24 mi) freefall from Earth’s stratosphere. (Click to enlarge the USAF photo documenting his jump, and read more on Wikipedia.)


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