On this day 50 years ago, Pink Floyd performed their very first US live date with a concert at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco. The original members—Nick Mason, Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright (David Gilmour joined in December)—had founded the group in college two years earlier. The following March, Barrett was ousted after a mental breakdown. WATCH their appearance on American Bandstand a week later… (1967)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • Sir Francis Drake docked his ship in Plymouth, England after circumnavigating the globe (1580)
  • The Beatles released the album, Abbey Road, which contained the last songs the four ever recorded together, including Come Together, Here Comes the Sun and The End (1969)
  • Nolan Ryan set a Major League Baseball record by pitching his fifth no-hitter (1981)
  • The UK handed over Hong Kong to China after 150 years (1984)
  • International weapons inspectors certified the Irish Republican Army‘s full disarmament (2005)



And, on this day in 1983, the Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov single-handedly averted a worldwide nuclear war when he chose to believe his intuition instead of the computer screen—even when it indicated that the U.S. had launched a nuclear missile attack against the Soviet Union. The country was already on high alert, expecting retaliation for its downing of a Korean Air Boeing 747. The Lieutenant Colonel had no confirmation and only minutes to decide his course of action. (Read the Full Story)

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  1. What a wonderful, inspiring story. Stanislav Petrov had the courage to listen to his intuition and saved the world. He is a real-world hero. I’m going to tell this story to my 6 year-old son. It’s better than TV!

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