20 years ago today, the first annual Random Acts of Kindness Week began. Originally, the idea to “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” came to Anne Herbert while sitting in a Sausalito cafe during the 1980s. After writing the idea on a napkin, she wrote a 1991 book about it, for ages 7 and up. This year, the week-long campaign will run from February 11-17. (1998)

Unrelated to Ms. Herbert, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides free K-12 lesson plans that teach kids important social emotional skills. (Featured photo by Deepak Saini on Facebook)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Volleyball was invented by William Morgan (1895)
  • Jamaica became independent (1962)
  • The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show before a record-setting audience of 73 million Americans waiting to see them perform their No. 1 hit “I Want to Hold Your Hand” (1964)
  • Satchel Paige became the first Negro League player in the Baseball Hall of Fame (1971)
  • Voters in Lithuania voted for independence (1991)
  • The Vance-Owen peace plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina was announced (1994)
  • Space Shuttle astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr. and Michael Foale become the first African-American and first Briton to perform spacewalks (1995)

And, Happy 76th Birthday to singer – songwriter Carole King. (1942)


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