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Eye of the Optimist-On this Day in History

Let us look at some good news. It is difficult to listen to or read the news at times, when there is so much conflict, violence and suffering. It is worthwhile, however, to take stock of positive developments. It seems that good news is under-reported. Although it stands to reason that conflict and tragedy are news makers, there could be more reportage of achievements and positive social developments in the face of conflicts and tragedy, which is to say people overcoming or solving problems, perhaps creating new things or defeating oppression and violence, for instance. In this blog entry today, I post some positive news from the past, things that transpired on this date, using various sources from history.com to wikipedia and europeanhistory.about.com. 

It was interesting looking up this stuff, for I realized as I did so that historians focus mainly on political and military history. There is lack of a broad historical vision in the collection of historical facts. In the English web pages, there are a few mentions of cultural history with a bias toward US and European composers and films, and a lot of baseball history, with respect to sports. I searched medical, science. legal and inventions history, but got sparse results with an English search on Google and MSN. Entertainment history seems to focus on British and American pop stuff of the 20th Century on. On the other hand, there are a lot of accounts of the birthdays and deaths of notable persons, from composers to writers and scientists to political leaders. Perhaps it would be beneficial to start up a "This Day in History-Social Progress" site, or a "People's Progress Almanac", or something like that.

October 10, 2015

1991 Winnipeg Manitoba - Crowd of 5,000 demonstrate at the Manitoba Legislature demanding aid to grain farmers suffering from a global subsidy war; Mulroney government pledges $800 million the following day.

1944 Ottawa Ontario - Government establishes departments of reconstruction, veterans' affairs, health and welfare.

1940 Vermont - Medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell dies at age 75; came to Canada with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen; started the first medical mission in the Labrador outports and founded a hospital in St. Anthony, on the northern tip of Newfoundland; later run by the International Grenfell Association.

1867 Spotted Island Labrador - William Jackman 1837-1877, captain of a Bowrings sealing steamer, swims through the surf to rescue 11 men from a wooden fishing vessel, the Sea Clipper, wrecked on a rocky reef. Then with the help of others and a rope, he swims out to the reef 16 more times to save the remaining men and women.

1933 At Rio de Janeiro, nations of the Western Hemisphere sign a non-aggression and conciliation treaty. President Roosevelt adopts a "good neighbor" policy toward Latin America and announces a policy of nonintervention in Latin American affairs at the December 7th International American Conference at Montevideo, Uruguay.

1941 Soviet troops halt the German advance on Moscow.

U.S. 1966 U.S.A. Embargo South Africa Oct 10th, 1966: A committee of the General Assembly of The United nations approved by a wide margin a resolution condemning racial discrimination and urged all nations to support economic, diplomatic and an arms embargo against South Africa. The resolution was aimed at violations of human rights and specifically Apartheid South Africa's rigid system of racial segregation.

U.S. 1978 U.S.A. Dollar Coin Oct 10th, 1978: President Carter signed a bill authorizing the likeness of suffragette Susan B. Anthony on one side of the new dollar coin, and the Apollo moon landing on the other. 
 
Lebanon 1983 Lebanon Cease Fire Oct 10th, 1983: In an effort to keep the cease fire in Lebanon Italian and Greek troops have been assigned and accepted to supervise the cease fire on behalf of the United Nations and if more are needed Yugoslavia will provide additional observers . 

1969: Ulster's B Specials to be disbanded
The Northern Ireland Cabinet accepts the Hunt report recommendations to disarm the RUC and abolish the Ulster Special Constabulary.

Supernova 1604 First Observed (1604)
A supernova is a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy. The last supernova to be observed in the Milky Way was seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler and was used by Galileo, at his trial, as evidence against the presupposition that the universe never changes. Visible to the naked eye, it was brighter at its peak than any other star in the night sky. - See more at: http://www.whiterootmedia.com/todays/this_day_in_history.html?gclid=Cj0KEQjwy92wBRCl7trx4PaIo8EBEiQASPhtC8lifNN87SCvwLhII110MMQSojzJ5AXI4s1tCmBoOF8aAsDL8P8HAQ#sthash.Qco2ENGa.dpuf

1886 The tuxedo dinner jacket made its American debut at the autumn ball in Tuxedo Park, N.Y.

1911 Revolutionaries under Sun Yat-sen overthrew China's Manchu dynasty.

1970 Fiji became independent after nearly a century of British rule.

40 BCE: The Pact of Brundisium brings peace to Rome's triumvirs.

1903: The Women's Social and Political Union is founded by Emmeline Pankhurst.

A multiracial community of activists began organising public meetings and rallies in the 1930s, paving the way for the Pan-African Congress of 1945, writes Daniel Whittall.

1799 - Convention of Alkmaar: British/Russian invasion army departs

1868 - Cuba revolts for independence against Spain

1935 - George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" opens on Broadway NY

1954 - Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after withdrawal of French troops

 In 1963, the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), signed by Britain, America and the Soviet Union, comes into operation. Its official title was the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space, and Under Water. On 15 July 1963, U.S., British, and Soviet negotiators had met in Moscow. Due to disagreements concerning on-site inspections, agreement on a comprehensive ban was not reached. So negotiators turned their attention to the limited ban, prohibiting tests in the atmosphere, outer space, and beneath the surface of the seas (but not yet those underground). On 4 August 1963 the LTBT was signed in Moscow by the U.S., Britain and the Soviet Union, and ratified by the US President 7 Oct 1963.

In 1796, according to an unfounded legend, the metric system was born. The Oct 10 (10/10) date seems to signify the base 10 way of using measurements. A real birth date might be 8 May 1790, when acting on a motion by a bishop, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand (1754-1838), the French National Assembly decided to create a simple, stable, decimal system of measurement units. The earliest metre unit chosen was the length of a pendulum with a half-period of a second.

1887 - Thomas Edison organized the Edison Phonograph Company. 

1959 - Pan American World Airways announced the beginning of the first global airline service. 

Outer Space Treaty entered into force
On October 10, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty demilitarizing outer space entered into force.

Oh, yeah, and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korea Workers' Party, a cause for elaborate celebrations in Pyeongyang today. While South Korea has become a rich  modern developed country, North Korea has become a modern developed country, though not rich, with social protection and much great social equality. As for democratic development, hard to say which has a better record; and, both spend too much on military development.

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Anyway, if you think there a lot of bad things going on, it might be uplifting to take a tally of positive developments going on in the world, past and present, however subjective that work may be.


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