Good News in History, October 15

Good News in History, October 15

 

On this day 66 years ago, the television sitcom “I Love Lucy” premiered, starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. The beloved Emmy Award-winning comedy sit-com, which ran for nine years, was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience. Watch the assembly line chocolates scene… (1951)

More Good News on this day in History:

  • Mexican chemist Luis Miramontes synthesized the first oral contraceptive (1951)
  • 2 million people across the world joined the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam, which included a candlelight vigil at the White House (1969)
  • Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to lessen Cold War tensions, lead the peace process, and open up his nation (1990)
  • Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid and laying the foundations for a new democratic South Africa (1993)
  • The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the French group’s medical work on several continents (1999)
  • Iraqis voted overwhelmingly to approve and ratify the new constitution (2005)

Mario_Puzo-Fair Use-Evan Kafka

 

And, on this day in 1920, Mario Puzo was born in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City to a poor family from Italy. At age 49, his novel The Godfather was published and became a #1 bestseller. He later co-adapted the story into a three-part film saga with Francis Ford Coppola, and received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for both the first and second movies. Puzo also wrote the original screenplay for the 1978 Superman film. He was still writing as a published author in the 1990s, and died in 1999 in New York. (Photo by Evan Kafka, Wikipedia)