60 years ago today, New York became first US city to legislate against racial or religious discrimination in the housing market, thanks to the Fair Housing Practices Law. (1957)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Prohibition, which made alcohol illegal in the United States, was overturned (1933)
  • The National Council of Negro Women was formed by Mary McLeod Bethune in New York City (1935)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. launched the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955)
  • The Rolling Stones released their Beggar’s Banquet LP (1968)
  • Paul McCartney & Wings released their most successful album, Band on the Run (1973)
  • International Volunteer Day was declared by the United Nations to be December 5th (1986)
  • The first civil partnership was registered in the UK under the new Civil Partnership Act (2005)

Happy Saint Nicholas Eve! Today is the day that is celebrated in the UK, Czech Republic, Belgium and Netherlands, by children awaiting the arrival of Sinterklaas (in Dutch) or Santa Claus.

Historically, Saint Nicholas, who lived in the 4th century, was deemed the patron saint of sailors, merchants, the falsely accused, thieves, children, and students.


  1. I have many very fond memories of the Dutch (Dec 5th) celebration of SinterKlaas It was a real family night with gift exchanges, rhymes, songs great candy and food.
    The transition from “believers’ to “providers” was in itself a rite of passage, which bonded the family

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