20 years ago on this day, China released Wei Jingsheng, a prominant pro-democracy dissident, after detaining him for 18 years. Convicted of “counterrevolutionary” activities around the Chinese democracy movement, he was deported to the US where he now heads the Wei Jingsheng Foundation in Washington D.C., whose stated aim is to work to improve human rights and freedom in his homeland. (1997)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The vacuum tube was invented by English physicist John Ambrose Fleming, a key component of early radios–often considered the beginning of electronics (1904)
  • The US and the Soviet Union established formal diplomatic relations (1933)
  • LSD was first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland (1938)
  • Benazir Bhutto became the first woman to lead a Muslim state in post-colonial years, as she was elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister in the first open election there in more than a decade (1988)
  • Bill Clinton became the first serving U.S. President to visit Vietnam (2000)
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement (2010)


And on this day in 1945, UNESCO was founded by the United Nations to promote international collaboration through education, science, and culture, with the goal of fostering peace and universal respect for justice and human rights. UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


  1. I quit three days ago!
    I quit for 12 years and then went back to it, thinking I could manage a social smoke now and then… WRONG!

    Anyway, I feel terrible, irritable and ready to give in… lucky there are none around here….

  2. Hang in there, Geri!
    Get some ORANGE JUICE – the good stuff, fresh-squeezed. It takes the edge off the cravings, isn’t hard to find, and even if you can’t, just eat an orange. I’ve never been a smoker myself, but my friends who’ve quite have nothing but good to say for fresh-squeezed orange juice and oranges.

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