Good News in History, July 12

Good News in History, July 12


Today is another day in New York City when the sunset occurs along the center line of Manhattan’s street grid, sometimes known as the NYC Solstice, or Manhattanhenge. If you missed it yesterday, the half sun, if there is no cloud cover, will again be illuminating both sides of the street at 8:30 p.m.

MORE Good News on this Day in History:

  • The Writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau was born, in Concord, Massachusetts (1817)
  • The first minimum wage was established — at 33 cents per hour — by the United States Congress (1933)
  • 19 year-old Elvis Presley quit his day job at The Crown Electric Company after signing a recording contract with Sun Records (1954)
  • The Rolling Stones performed in public for the first time, at the Marquee Club in Soho, London (1962)
  • Geraldine Ferraro became the first woman nominated for vice-president by a major U.S. political party, chosen by Walter Mondale of the Democratic party (1984)
  • São Tomé and Príncipe declared independence from Portugal (1975)

Notable Birthdays: Malala Yousafzai (19); skater Kristi Yamaguchi (45); Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac (73)

Photo by Dan Nguyen, CC