55 years ago today, Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Inspired by Irish and Scottish ballads, Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the tumultuous 60s. In January 1984, a young Steve Jobs would recite the second verse during his unveiling in 1984 of the first Macintosh computer.

WATCH Dylan sing the song for the first time in 30 years for President Obama at a White House Civil Rights concert… (1963)

More Good News on this Date:

  • The first Parliament of Great Britain met (1707)
  • Kansas became a new state, and set up a government outlawing slavery (1855)
  • 25,000 women marched in New York City to demand the right to vote (1915)
  • The UN General Assembly convened for the first time in New York (1946)
  • Taiwanese director, Ang Lee–who was a stay-at-home dad before directing the Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain, Sense and Sensibility, and Life of Pi–was born (1954)
  • Hungarians rose in anti-Stalinist revolt demanding an end to Soviet rule (1956)
  • A UN cease-fire ended the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria (1973)
  • Israelis and PLO leader Arafat signed land-for-peace deal after talks at Wye River (1998)
  • The IRA commenced decommissioning weapons after peace talks spurred by US President Bill Clinton reached an historic breakthrough (2001)
  • Apple released its first iPod, launching the digital music player revolution with iTunes—before which people carried around “Walkmans”, which could play only a cassette tape with a single LP or mix tape (2001)

And, on this day in 1850, the first National Women’s Rights Convention in the United States opened in Worcester, Massachusetts. Combining both male and female leadership and attracting a wide base of support including temperance advocates and abolitionists. Speeches promoted equal wages, expanded education and career opportunities, women’s property rights, marriage reform, and, chiefly, the passage of laws that would give women the right to vote.

Lucy Stone, who helped organize the first eight national conventions

One resolution demanded that the word “male” be stricken from every state constitution. The Convention, held in Brinley Hall, attracted delegates from eleven states, including one delegate from California – a state only a few weeks old.

 

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