60 years ago today, the Barbie doll made her debut at the International Toy Festival, and the lifelike doll that looked like a young adult made Mattel—and Barbie—a household name. After decades of criticism over the brand’s lack of physical diversity, the company has rolled out Barbies with a wide variety of body shapes and complexions—and a collection that honors prominent women heroes. Previously, they offered a bald doll for kids whose hair falls out… (1959)

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MORE Good News on this Date:

  • Congress launched U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in a special session, beginning the 100 days of legislating aimed at reversing the economic depression (1933)
  • The CBS news show See It Now, produced by Edward R. Murrow, aired a report critical of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, which led to the end of Communist ‘witch hunts’ on Capitol Hill (1954)
  • The Barbie doll made her debut at the International Toy Festival (1959)
  • The first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line at Ford Motor Company, the first sports car produced for a mass market (1964)
  • The first-ever Adopt-a-Highway sign was erected on Highway 69 in Texas, promoting the Tyler Civitan Club in exchange for their promise to pick up litter along a two-mile stretch of the road (1985)
  • Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position (1990)
  • The U.S. ban on using federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research was lifted (2009)
  • To prevent innocent men from being unjustly killed, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn abolished the death penalty in his state and commuted the sentences of all remaining death row inmates (2011)
  • Polish mountaineers Adam Bielecki and Janusz Gołąb made the first winter ascent of Gasherbrum I (or K5), the 11th highest peak on Earth, located on the Pakistan-China border (2012)

And, on this day in 1995, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made a symbolic visit to Northern Ireland, celebrating the peace that had been created one year earlier by a ceasefire between the IRA and Loyalists.The Queen arrives in Ireland -BBC photoTwo years later, the Good Friday peace agreement would end decades of bloodshed.


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