Good News in History, October 16

Good News in History, October 16

 

On this day 30 years ago, 18-month-old “Baby Jessica” was freed from the bottom of an abandoned well in her aunt’s backyard in Midland, Texas after 58 hours. The rescue, attempted from 22 feet (6.7 m) above, proved much more difficult than anyone thought, with a plan to drill a parallel shaft through hard rock and then connecting across. WATCH what became of her 30 years later… (1987)

She became a special education teacher’s aid, and still lives in Midland today, calling her life a miracle. “I had God on my side that day.” Her rescue was portrayed in a 1989 TV movie, Everybody’s Baby: The Rescue of Jessica McClure.

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More Good News on this Date:

  • Oscar Wilde, Irish playwright, poet, and novelist best known for The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, was born (1854)
  • The nurse Margaret Sanger, believing that women themselves needed to determine when to bear children, opened the first U.S. birth control clinic (1916)
  • Benjamin Davis Sr. named the first African-American general in the US Army (1940)
  • New York’s underdog ‘Miracle Mets’ won the World Series in 5 games (1969)
  • Anglican Bishop Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his decades of non-violent struggle for racial equality in South Africa and against apartheid (1984)
  • David Trimble and John Hume were awarded Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the Northern Ireland peace accord (1998)

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And, on this day in 1995, The Million Man March convened in Washington, DC. inviting a million “sober, disciplined, committed, dedicated, inspired black men to Washington for a day of atonement.” Speakers included Rosa Parks, Stevie Wonder, and Maya Angelou and the gathering actually did a lot of good: In the weeks that followed the call by organizer Louis Farrakhan for black men to return home immediately and take care of their families and neighborhoods, one and a half million black men registered to vote and a flood of 13,000 applications were filed to adopt black children. (Photo credit: Yoke Mc / Joacim Osterstam, CC)