Good News in History, August 17

Good News in History, August 17

Davy Crockett- oil paintingOn this day 230 years ago, the American folk hero Davy Crockett was born. An outstanding frontiersman, soldier in the Texas Revolution, and Tennessee congressman, he was known as the “King of the Wild Frontier”. WATCH a documentary… (1786)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Pike Place Market, a popular tourist destination and registered historic district in Seattle, Washington, opened (1907)
  • Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, created by Émile Cohl, is shown in Paris (1908)
  • Indonesia declared its Independence from the Netherlands (1945)
  • Narcotics Anonymous held its first meeting in Southern California (1953)
  • Kind of Blue by Miles Davis, the much acclaimed and highly influential best selling jazz recording of all time, was released (1959)
  • The Venera 7 spacecraft was launched by the Soviet Union, and began traveling toward Venus—four months later, it became the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (1970)
  • The first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, Double Eagle II, landed near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine (1978)
  • By winning the Men’s 4x100m medley relay, Michael Phelps became the first Olympian to win eight gold medals in the same Olympics (2008)

And, on this day in 1987, thousands of people worldwide observed celebrations of the Harmonic Convergence. The date, construed from Mayan writings, was said to herald the start of a new, purer age of humankind, as Mercury, Venus, and Mars aligned near the sun.


  1. When NA first came to Canada in the 60s, it was an illegal organization. According to narcotics law it was illegal for more than two addicts to be in the same place at the same time. That has changed of course, nowadays they are even protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by the ‘freedom of peaceful assembly’ clause.