On this day 128 years ago, Yosemite National Park in California became the third U.S. National Park. President Lincoln had set aside the majestic valley, years earlier, marking the first time in human history a huge tract of land had been dedicated to public use and preservation. The more than one million square-miles of Yosemite in the Sierra Nevada Mountains are host to giant sequoia trees, towering waterfalls, and the largest granite monolith in the world, El Capitan. (1890)

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • John Philip Sousa, who later, invented the sousaphone, became leader of the United States Marine Corps Band (1880)
  • Everything-Happens-For-a-Reason: Wiley Post, who became the first pilot to fly solo around the world, had an accident that cost his left eye–but the settlement money bought him his first aircraft (1926)
  • Cyprus and Nigeria gained their independence from the UK in 1960; Ghana, in 1957
  • Roger Maris hit his 61st home run of the season for the New York Yankees, breaking Babe Ruth’s record of 60 set in 1927 (1961)
  • The Japanese Shinkansen ‘bullet’ trains began the first high-speed rail service (1964)
  • The Free Speech Movement was launched on the UC Berkeley campus – info (1964)
  • The United States returned sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama (1979)
  • The first CD player was released by Sony for consumer use of compact discs (1982)
  • Thousands of East Germans received a triumphant welcome after the communist government agreed to let them flee to West Germany (1989)
Photo by Eva Rinaldi, CC license

Happy Birthday to actress, singer and author, Julie Andrews, who turns 83 today. (1935)

Also, Happy Birthday to former President Jimmy Carter who turns 94 years old today. The 39th president of the United States (1977–1981), is one of the few American presidents to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.jimmy-carter-white-house-photo

The author of ‘A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety,’ he is scheduled to teach his weekly Sunday school lesson tomorrow—showing, once again, that age, and even beating cancer, hasn’t slowed him down. Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for more than 30 years, during which time, they have helped build more than 4,000 homes. WATCH a video about his Habitat for Humanity passion… (1924)


  1. The day the Berlin Wall came down brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart, as I was in the military in Germany and saw it in person. I took a picture of an armed guard by a tower at the wall, who was flirting with me! Two years later, I remember driving home from the commissary in Hawaii when I heard on the radio that the wall was down. I’ll never forget that feeling–a bastian of evil, crashed to the ground, praise God! My brother-in-law, then stationed in Germany , got some pieces of the wall, and I have some. As I hold them in my hand, and look at the photo I snapped, I sometimes wonder what ever became of the young armed communist who winked at me that day at the Berlin Wall.

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