110 years ago today, a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River for two billion years was established as the Grand Canyon National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt after he visited the awe-inspiring site seven years earlier. 277 miles long (446 km), and over a mile deep (1,857 m), the Grand Canyon in Arizona, exposes layer after layer of geological history. The Pueblo people considered the canyon a holy site, and it was viewed by the first European in 1540— García López de Cárdenas. (1908)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Popular Mechanics magazine was published for the first time (1902)
  • Insulin was first used to treat diabetes in a human patient. (1922)
  •  Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California (1935)
  • First recorded case of snowfall in Los Angeles, California (1949)
  • The Beatles released their first single in the United States, a 45-rpm record featuring Please, Please Me (1963)
  • The U.S. surgeon general announced that smoking causes lung cancer, shifting attitudes toward tobacco and leading to a 50 percent drop in the number of American smokers (1964)
  • English chess player Nigel Short at age 14 became the youngest ever International Chess Master, four years before becoming the youngest grandmaster in the world (1980)
  • 300,000 marched in favor of Lithuanian independence (1990)
  • Illinois Governor Ryan said he would grant clemency to all death row inmates due to his belief that the death penalty could not be administered fairly and with certainty (2003)
  • Sean Penn threw an annual gala that raised $6 million from celebrity friends for his J/P Haitian Relief Organization (2014)

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