35 years ago today, the first edition of the USA Today was distributed. It became the first U.S. newspaper to present content in colorful, simple, easy-to-read stories, and to be sold in all 50 states—and given away in hotel rooms across the country. (1982)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The Venice merchant Marco Polo was born– the first European to chronicle his exotic travels through Asia and inspire a new wave of explorers (1254)
  • Commemorated as Independence Day (from Spain) for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and celebrated with marches by schoolchildren (1821)
  • Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory, a discovery that would later became known as penicillin (1928)
  • The Royal Air Force inflicted heavy losses on the Luftwaffe as the tide turned in the Battle of Britain during World War II (1940)
  • U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Shevardnadze signed a treaty to establish centers to reduce the risk of nuclear war (1987)
  • IRA-allied Sinn Fein entered Northern Ireland’s peace talks for the first time (1997)



And, on this day in 1890, Agatha Christie was born to write mysteries. As a young girl she invented imaginary friends and displayed a knack for storytelling. The British author and playwright went on to become the best selling novelist of all time and weave such masterworks as ‘And Then There Were None’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express,’ and ‘The Mousetrap’ –the world’s longest-running play. She is best known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections that earned her the nickname, The Queen of Crime.



Happy 71st Birthday to Tommy Lee Jones. Born in Midland, Texas, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a U.S. Marshal in The Fugitive. He is perhaps best loved for his role as “Agent K” in the Men In Black franchise. He attended Harvard University, and wrote his senior thesis on the role of Catholicism in the works of Flannery O’ Connor. (1946)

And, Happy Birthday to film director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, and JFK) who turns 71 today.


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