On this day 21 years ago, the Good News Network made positive news available on the web for the first time. Geri Weis-Corbley, the founder, worked in TV news, freelancing for CNN and other media companies, until the advent of the internet when she created the #1 source for uplifting news. (1997)

After learning some html coding, Geri designed and built the site, then launched it with a click of a button. Suddenly, anyone in the world could access her growing collection of good news stories. Click to enlarge the image below to see what the website looked like when it was first launched.

The photo below, shot by a photographer for Women’s World magazine, shows Geri 21 years ago, with her first Mac computer and her three children. Today, the kids are 27, 25, and 23 years old, and she still loves working on Macs.

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Geri wrote about what drove her to start the website in Your Mark On the World… You can show her some LOVE by becoming a Member and donating to GNN, or sending a Paypal contribution to help further her mission of spreading inspiring news… May good bless.

More Good News on this Day:

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson delivered a speech explaining his transcendentalist philosophy for the first time to a large audience — a sort of intellectual Declaration of Independence — telling them to break free from the past, pay attention to the present, and create their own unique ideas (1837)
  • Van Morrison, the Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose albums Moondance and Astral Weeks have received critical acclaim, was born (1945)
  • Malaya [Malaysia] in 1957, and Trinidad and Tobago in 1962, gained independence from the UK; and Kyrgyzstan from the Soviet Union in 1991
  • Walter Cronkite began anchoring the CBS Evening News (1963)
  • The Provisional Irish Republican Army declared an indefinite and “complete cessation of military operations” after 25 years of bombing and killing, and although this ceasefire temporarily broke down from 1995–97, it essentially marked the end of the full scale campaign (1994)
  • Edvard Munch’s famous painting The Scream, stolen on August 22, 2004, was recovered in a raid by Norwegian police (2006)

And, it’s the birthday of Maria Montessori, born on this day in Chiaravalle, Italy in 1870.

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“She believed that children were not blank slates, but that they each had inherent, individual gifts. It was a teacher’s job to help children find these gifts, rather than dictating what a child should know. She emphasized independence, self-directed learning, and learning from peers. Children were encouraged to make decisions. She was one of the first to use child-sized tables and chairs in the classroom.” Schools have sprung up across the world dedicated to her Montessori Method. She wrote many books about her philosophy of education, including The Montessori Method (1912) and The Absorbent Mind (1949). – From the Writers Almanac

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