Good News in History, March 20

Good News in History, March 20

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Today is the first day of spring for everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere; the vernal equinox, after which every day has a little more sunlight than the day before. It is also a great date for celebrating the fiftth annual UN-endorsed International Day of Happiness.

MORE Good News on this Day:

  • The slavery novel, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was published (1852)
  • The United States Senate ratified a peace treaty with Japan (1952)
  • Tunisia gained independence from France (1956)
  • John Lennon married Yoko Ono “in Gibraltar near Spain” (1969)
  • Libby Riddles became the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (1985)
  • The AIDS drug AZT became the first US-approved treatment for HIV to significantly altered the course of the illness, and end the notion that HIV/AIDS is a death sentence (1987)
  • 22 states’ attorneys settled a lawsuit against the U.S. tobacco industry, whose officials admitted marketing cigarettes to teenagers and agreed to warn on every pack that smoking is addictive (1997)
  • Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain completed the first nonstop hot-air balloon voyage around the world (1999)
  • After years of Cold War tension, President Barack Obama became first US president to visit Cuba since 1928, further instilling diplomacy between the two countries (2016)

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And on this day in 1916, Albert Einstein published his “General Theory of Relativity” with a German scientific journal. After wrestling with it for nearly a decade, he finally provided the answer to a scientific problem about the relationships between space, time, matter, energy and gravity, and totally changed Newtonian physics in the process. As a consequence of Einstein’s equations, it became clear that time and space comprise a single continuum, whose shape can be bent or warped by gravitation. (Read more)

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