Good News in History, January 1

Good News in History, January 1

Ellis Island

125 years ago today,  Ellis Island opened as a new immigration depot in the New York City harbor. Over 40 percent of the U.S. population — 100 million Americans — can trace their roots back to the 17 million immigrants who took their first steps towards freedom and opportunity at the Ellis Island processing center. A small sample of those who came through Ellis Island reveals some of the greatest names in literature, entertainment, politics, and science. SEE the list… (1892) 

  1. Singer Enrico Caruso
  2. Olympiad Johann Weismuller
  3. Comedian Henry (Henny) Youngman
  4. Circus founders John and Mabel Ringling
  5. Composer and Conductors, Gustav Mahler and Arturo Toscanini
  6. Physicians Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud
  7. Filmmaker Charles Chaplin
  8. Conductors Leopold Stokowski and Sergei Rachmaninoff
  9. Future presidents Woodrow Wilson, William H. Taft, Theodore Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover
  10. Writers Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, and F. Scott Fitzgerald
  11. Songwriters George Gershwin, George M. Cohan, Israel Beilin (Irving Berlin) and Cole Porter
  12. Animator Walter Elias Disney
  13. Albert Einstein

Officials presented a ten dollar gold piece to the first immigrant to pass through the gates of the new station. Fifteen year old Annie Moore’s response to the gift was “she will never part with it, but will always keep it as a pleasant momento of the occasion.”

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • The importation of slaves into the United States was banned (1808)
  • President Abraham Lincoln signed an Emancipation Proclamation, freeing slaves in US Confederate rebel states and leading to new attitudes about slavery (1863)
  • The Commonwealth of Australia was formed (1901)
  • The United Nations Declaration was signed by 26 nations (1942)
  • Haiti became the first independent country in the West Indies (1804); Spanish rule ended in Cuba (1899); Italy embraced a Constitution (1948)
  • UN Cease-fire orders in Kashmir stopped the war between India and Pakistan (1949)
  • Gaining Independence: Republic of the Sudan (1956), Cameroon (1960), Western Samoa (1962), The Sultanate of Brunei (1984)
  • The feared Y2K computer bugs caused none of the problems predicted to arise with the new millenium date (2000)
  • Norwegian 19 year-old Magnus Carlsen, became the youngest chess grandmaster ever to top the world rankings (2010)

 

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