On this day 10 years ago, a nearly unknown U.S. presidential candidate, Ron Paul, raised a record amount of money online in a single day—over six million dollars in 24 hours—from mostly small donors. The ‘good news’ was the discovery of a new way for Americans to fund grassroots candidates online, without the need for major party support. (2007)

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MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany (1770)
  • Boston Tea Party – Members of the Sons of Liberty disguised as Mohawks dumped crates of tea into Boston harbor to protest tea taxes (1773)
  • British MPs voted overwhelmingly to abolish death penalty (1969)
  • Jean-Bertrand Aristide elected president in Haiti’s first democratic election (1990)
  • The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 was signed into U.S. law, establishing the first national standards for sending commercial e-mail and requiring enforcement by the Federal Trade Commission (2003)
  • Today is Kazakhstan’s Independence Day, and South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation

On this day in 1775, English novelist Jane Austen was born—with a talent for writing stories, plays and poetry. Beginning when she was just 12 years-old, the aristocrat wrote such classics as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.

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The books portrayed an air of English countryside romance, but also a biting social critique and irony. You might have seen the lush Academy Award-winning films based on those books. Although she never married, Austen did become engaged – for one night. The 27-year-old author accepted the proposal of an awkward, socially inept man 5 years her junior, and changed her mind the next day… WATCH a great little biography below that illustrates the lessons she wished to teach others through her novels: