50 years ago today, the UK’s first national pop radio station, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the UK to take over from the very successful pirate radio stations, which had been forced off-air by the government. Former pirate DJ Tony Blackburn of Radio Caroline became the first presenter on air. (1967)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Rumi, the beloved Persian poet and Sufi mystic of the thirteenth century was born (1207)
  • Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute premiered in Vienna, Austria (1791)
  • The author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was born (1928–2016)
  • League of Nations unanimously outlawed intentionally bombing civilians (1938)
  • Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founded the United Farm Workers (1962)
  • Botswana – Independence Day (1966)
  • Roberto Clemente reached his 3,000th hit, the last of his baseball career, before his death in a plane crash while in route to deliver humanitarian aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua (1972)
  • The first president chosen in free elections by the Serbian people, Vojislav Kostunica, was sworn in after defeating Slobodan Milosevic, Europe’s last dictator, by a wide margin. (2000)
  • A giant squid in its natural habitat is photographed for the first time 600 miles south of Tokyo (2004)

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