130 years ago today, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe was born in a farmhouse in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For her paintings of enlarged flowers, skyscrapers in New York, and New Mexico landscapes. she has been called the “Mother of American modernism.” SEE her paintings in a 3 minute video… (1887)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • A new presidential republic was launched after Brazil‘s military overthrew the emperor (1889)
  • The first assembly of the League of Nations in Geneva (1920)
  • The cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial was laid (1939)
  • A quarter million peaceful protesters rallied against the Vietnam war (1969)
  • Palestinian Independence Day is celebrated, commemorating the day the Palestinian National Council declared itself a state (1988)
  • The Space Shuttle Atlantis launched its first flight (1990)
  • Baseball players and owners agreed on a tougher steroids-testing policy (2005)
  • The Occupy Wall Street Project, Strike Debt, launched the Rolling Jubilee project to buy up Americans’ debt for pennies on the dollar through the “secondary debt market”, and in its first year has erased almost $15 million in anonymous personal debt (2012)



Also on this day in 1988, Fairtrade International succeeded in uniting producers and labeling initiatives across Europe, Asia, Latin America, North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand with its mark, the world’s first for Fairtrade Certification, which was launched by the Max Havelaar Foundation in the Netherlands.

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And, Happy 77th Birthday to Sam Waterston, the stage and film actor noted for his performance in The Killing Fields (1984), for which he received an Academy Award nomination, and his role in Law & Order, which earned him both Golden Globe and SAG Awards. He continued his quietly charismatic and unfailingly solid performances in HBO’s The Newsroom, and recently brought his distinctive comedy to the Netflix comedy, Grace and Frankie. (1940)

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