10 years ago today, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore was named co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, along with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, for “their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations to counteract such change.” He has just released his book Earth in the Balance and documentary film An Inconvenient Truth. (2007)
More Good News on this Day:
- The song, Three Blind Mice, was published by London teenager, Thomas Ravenscroft (1609)
- The first Oktoberfest was held when Bavarian royalty invited the citizens of Munich to join together in celebration at the marriage of the Crown Prince, with the outcome being so successful, they decided to celebrate every year (1810)
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an amusing science fiction book by Douglas Adams, was published (1979)
- The Botswana High Court overturned a customary law that prevented women from inheriting the family home, calling it “an unacceptable system of male domination” that contravened the constitution, which guarantees equality (2012)
And on this day in 1971, Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, opened on Broadway. Conceived and released as a concept album, the musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. Loosely based on the biblical account of the last week of Jesus’s life—but with psychological and social commentary—the play was nominated for five Tony Awards, and starred Jeff Fenholt as Jesus, Ben Vereen as Judas.