15 years ago today, coordinated worldwide peace vigils were held in a hundred countries, and in more than 6,000 locations, in response to the war in Iraq. (2003)

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MORE Good News on this Date in History:

  • The British surgeon Joseph Lister first published his discovery of antiseptic surgery, applying Louis Pasteur’s advances and successfully introducing carbolic acid (now known as phenol) to sterilize surgical instruments and clean wounds, which became the first widely used medical antiseptic (1867)
  • The first FA Cup was played, the oldest football competition in the world, in London (1872)
  • Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fueled rocket (1926)
  • Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia visited London in friendship, the first Communist leader to do so (1953)
  • The first space docking: Gemini 8 with Agena (1966)
  • Russian space station Mir welcomed the first American aboard (1995)
  • The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly voted to establish the UN Human Rights Council (2006)
  • Iraq’s new parliament met briefly for the first time to take the oath (2006)

And, on this day in 1621, Samoset visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greeted them saying, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”

Samoset_meets-the_Pilgrims-drawing-1853He was the first Native American to make contact with the Pilgrims, strolling right into their encampment and speaking English. An Abenaki tribe member from Maine, he had learned some words from the Englishmen who fished and made a camp on Monhegan Island. (1621)

And, on this day in 1926, the great comedian, actor, writer, and charity champion Jerry Lewis, was born.

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First known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio, Lewis also became the host, for more than 40 years, of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s annual Labor Day Telethon and national chairman of the MDA, helping to raise more than 2.5 billion to help people with the neuro-muscular disease.  WATCH a hilarious clip of highlights showcasing his physical comedy and famous friends, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra…

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