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155 years ago today, leaders from fourteen countries and six nonprofits convened in Geneva seeking to develop possible measures to improve medical services on the battle field. The first meeting of its kind in history, Swiss businessman Henry Dunant organized the group which eventually became the International Red Cross. (1863)

More Good News on this Date:

  • Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni was first performed in Prague (1787)
  • Turkey became a republic following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire (1923)
  • The National Organization for Women was founded in the U.S. by 28 women in response to the failure of the federal government to enforce Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the group now has 550 chapters nationwide (1966)
  • 35 years ago today, the song ‘Islands In The Stream‘, performed by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, co-produced by Barry Gibb, and written by The Bee Gees, reached #1 in the US (1983)
  • John Glenn, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, became the oldest person to go into space, at 77-years old (1998)
  • European Union leaders signed the EU’s first constitution (2004)
  • Turkey opened a sea tunnel connecting Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait in Istanbul (2013)

And, Happy 71st Birthday to Richard Dreyfuss, the actor best known for his roles in Jaws, American Graffiti, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Goodbye Girl, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1977.

He also earned an Oscar nomination for Mr. Holland’s Opus. (1947) – Photo by Georges Biard, CC license

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