50 years ago today, by a unanimous vote of 88-0, The Air Quality Act of 1967 passed the United States Senate. When enacted into law, the federal government for the first time conducted extensive monitoring and inspections into the sources of air pollution, and what to do about it. It led to passage of the Clean Air Act of 1970. (1967)

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MORE Good News from this Date:

  • The Wright Brothers made their first flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (1903)
  • The SALT I talks began, between the Soviet Union and U.S., to control nuclear arms (1969)
  • The Firearms Act was extended in Britain to become a ban on all handguns, with the exception of antique and show weapons (1997)
  • Congo‘s government, rebels and opposition parties signed a peace agreement to end four years of civil war and provide for transitional governance and legislative and presidential elections within two years (2002)

And Happy 81st Birthday to Pope Francis, who became leader of the Catholic church in March 2013.

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Born of Italian-immigrant parents in Argentina and first ordained as a priest there 46 years ago, he is now beloved around the world as a man of the people. The pontiff wrote a book of daily inspiration in 2014, called A Year of Mercy with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections. (1936)