On this day 95 years ago, the Tomb of Tutankhamun was opened by archaeologist Howard Carter. With the spotlight of international press, the discovery sparked a renewed interest in ancient Egypt. Called “King Tut”, a wealth of information about the pharaoh who ruled around 1332–1323 BC was provided by the intact mummy and the famous mask, which resides in the Egyptian Museum. CHECK OUT the other treasures uncovered… (1922)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Lebanon gained independence from France – Independence Day (1943)
- The Beatles released the double (White) album entitled, The Beatles (1968)
- The UN General Assembly voted to grant the PLO observer status (1974)
- Wayne Gretzky was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, and his number (99) permanently retired by the NHL (1999)
- The Orange Revolution began in Ukraine following a fraudulent and corrupt presidential election, which led to massive demonstrations and to new, fair elections (2004)
- Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany (2005)
And, on this day in 1890, Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France. A general who had served in both world wars, he led the French resistance against Nazi German occupiers and later was elected president of France.
As a statesman, his economic policies of substantial state-directed control over a capitalist economy contributed to thirty years of unprecedented growth. Charles de Gaulle resigned in 1969, but his legacy continues to influence French politics.