Good News in History, November 2

Good News in History, November 2

bbc-logo80 years ago on this day, the BBC Television Service was launched—the world’s first continuous, broadcast-quality TV service—by the British Broadcasting Corporation. (1936)

More Good News on this Date:

MLK at the March on Washington, Adelman NPG Smithsonian

  • The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, was established (1936)
  • The Levelland UFO Case in Texas occurred, with separate people reporting sightings of blue lit egg-shaped craft that would disengage nearby cars, one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history (1957)
  • U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King Day to honor the Civil Rights hero — the only national holiday named for an individual (1983)
  • Hostage David Jacobsen was freed after 17 months captivity by Islamic Jihad (1986)
  • The International Space Station became a home for the first time as an American astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts arrived for a four-month stay–and it has been continuously occupied since then (2000)



And, on this day in 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania started broadcasting as the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. After building a transmitter for the company, Westinghouse employee Frank Conrad listened as colleagues broadcast the US presidential election returns from a shack on the roof. It was reportedly heard as far away as Canada. (Republican Warren G. Harding won the election that night, on his 55th birthday.) Photo by Djembayz, CC