Good News in History Sept. 18

Good News in History Sept. 18

tonka-truck-web70 years ago today, Mound Metalcraft was founded in Minnesota and would soon be creating Tonka Trucks in their metal manufacturing plant. The three businessmen, Lynn Everett Baker, Avery Crounse, and Alvin Tesch changed their company’s name to Tonka Toys in 1955, using the Dakota Sioux word “Tanka” or Tonka, which means “great” or “big”. A Museum in Winifred, Montana has collected more than 3,000 of the metal dump trucks, bulldozers, cranes, and all variety of vehicles — all “Tonka tough, built to last,” and able to be handed down from one generation to the next. (1946)

MORE Good News on this day in history:

  • Tiffany & Co. was founded in New York City (1837)
  • George Washington laid the first cornerstone of the Capitol building  (1793)
  • The New York Times published its first edition leaving sensationalism to the tabloids (1851)
  • Daniel David Palmer administered the first chiropractic adjustment (1895)
  • The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System made its broadcasting debut through its network of over 16 radio stations— later it took the name CBS (1927)
  • Margaret Chase Smith became the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate (1948)
  • President Reagan announced the destruction of nuclear warheads by U.S. and USSR (1987)
  • CNN founder Ted Turner donated one billion dollars to the UN, creating the United Nations Foundation, a charity that works to help the world’s poor and preserve the environment (1997)

Philippe Croizon disabled swimmer

And in 2010, 42 year-old Frenchman Philippe Croizon became the first quadruple amputee to swim across the English Channel. He trained for years, hoping to demonstrate the abilities of handicapped people, and finished the swim in under 14 hours. With the aid of paddle-like prosthetics attached to the stumps of his legs, the French swimmer completed his dream of swimming between five continents two years later.