Today is a good day

1358 – The Republic of Ragusa (Republic of Dubrovnik) is founded. --- Good: 0.992886, Bad: 0.007114 1743 – In the Battle of Dettingen, George II becomes the last reigning British monarch to participate in a battle. --- Good: 0.995143, Bad: 0.004857 1759 – General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec. --- Good: 0.794776, Bad: 0.205224 1806 – British forces take Buenos Aires during the first British invasions of the River Plate. --- Good: 0.998996, Bad: 0.001004 1864 – Confederate forces defeat Union forces during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War --- Good: 0.855036, Bad: 0.144964 1895 – The inaugural run of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's Royal Blue from Washington, D.C., to New York City, the first U.S. passenger train to use electric locomotives. --- Good: 0.999988, Bad: 1.2e-05 1898 – The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia. --- Good: 0.998678, Bad: 0.001322 1905 – During the Russo-Japanese War, sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian battleship Potemkin. --- Good: 0.622661, Bad: 0.377339 1927 – Prime Minister of Japan Tanaka Giichi leads a conference to discuss Japan's plans for China; later, a document detailing these plans, the "Tanaka Memorial" is leaked, although it is now considered a forgery. --- Good: 0.964726, Bad: 0.035274 1941 – German troops capture the city of Białystok during Operation Barbarossa. --- Good: 0.531844, Bad: 0.468156 1946 – In the Canadian Citizenship Act, the Parliament of Canada establishes the definition of Canadian citizenship. --- Good: 0.995932, Bad: 0.004068 1950 – The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War. --- Good: 0.9155, Bad: 0.0845 1954 – The Obninsk Nuclear Power Plant, the Soviet Union's first nuclear power station, opens in Obninsk, near Moscow. --- Good: 0.911999, Bad: 0.088001 1954 – The 1954 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match between Hungary and Brazil, highly anticipated to be exciting, instead turns violent, with three players ejected and further fighting continuing after the game. --- Good: 0.544972, Bad: 0.455028 1973 – The President of Uruguay Juan María Bordaberry dissolves Parliament and establishes a dictatorship. --- Good: 0.622774, Bad: 0.377226 1974 – U.S. president Richard Nixon visits the Soviet Union. --- Good: 0.963161, Bad: 0.036839 1977 – France grants independence to Djibouti. --- Good: 0.990161, Bad: 0.009839 1981 – The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China issues its "Resolution on Certain Questions in the History of Our Party Since the Founding of the People's Republic of China", laying the blame for the Cultural Revolution on Mao Zedong. --- Good: 0.967075, Bad: 0.032925 1982 – Space Shuttle Columbia launched from the Kennedy Space Center on the final research and development flight mission, STS-4. --- Good: 0.97183, Bad: 0.02817 2007 – Tony Blair resigns as British Prime Minister, a position he had held since 1997. --- Good: 0.952033, Bad: 0.047967 2007 – The Brazilian Military Police invades the favelas of Complexo do Alemão in an episode which is remembered as the Complexo do Alemão massacre. --- Good: 0.985566, Bad: 0.014434 2008 – In a highly scrutizined election President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is re-elected in a landslide after his opponent Morgan Tsvangirai had withdrawn a week earlier, citing violence against his party's supporters. --- Good: 0.970039, Bad: 0.029961 2013 – NASA launches the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun. --- Good: 0.998615, Bad: 0.001385
1497 – Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London, England. --- Bad: 0.969653, Good: 0.030347 1556 – The thirteen Stratford Martyrs are burned at the stake near London for their Protestant beliefs. --- Bad: 0.753118, Good: 0.246882 1760 – Cherokee warriors defeat British forces at the Battle of Echoee near present-day Otto, North Carolina during the Anglo-Cherokee War. --- Bad: 0.861766, Good: 0.138234 1844 – Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are killed by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail. --- Bad: 0.934239, Good: 0.065761 1941 – Romanian authorities launch one of the most violent pogroms in Jewish history in the city of Iași, resulting in the murder of at least 13,266 Jews. --- Bad: 0.995407, Good: 0.004593 1952 – Guatemala passes Decree 900, ordering the redistribution of uncultivated land. --- Bad: 0.661566, Good: 0.338434 1957 – Hurricane Audrey makes landfall near the Texas–Louisiana border, killing over 400 people, mainly in and around Cameron, Louisiana. --- Bad: 0.999182, Good: 0.000818 1971 – After only three years in business, rock promoter Bill Graham closes Fillmore East in New York, the "Church of Rock and Roll". --- Bad: 0.627345, Good: 0.372655 1976 – Air France Flight 139 (Tel Aviv-Athens-Paris) is hijacked en route to Paris by the PLO and redirected to Entebbe, Uganda. --- Bad: 0.581859, Good: 0.418141 1980 – Italian Aerolinee Itavia Flight 870 mysteriously explodes in mid air while en route from Bologna to Palermo, killing all 81 on board. Also known in Italy as the Ustica disaster --- Bad: 0.999964, Good: 3.6e-05 1988 – The Gare de Lyon rail accident kills 56 people. --- Bad: 0.998458, Good: 0.001542 1991 – Slovenia, after declaring independence two days before is invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft starting the Ten-Day War. --- Bad: 0.816525, Good: 0.183475 1994 – Members of the Aum Shinrikyo cult release sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan; Seven people are killed, 660 injured. --- Bad: 0.901145, Good: 0.098855 2014 – At least fourteen people are killed when a Gas Authority of India Limited pipeline explodes in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, India. --- Bad: 0.999999, Good: 1.0e-06 2015 – A midair explosion from flammable powder at a recreational water park in Taiwan injures at least 510 people with about 183 in serious condition in intensive care. --- Bad: 0.99998, Good: 2.0e-05
This web application pulls today's historical events from wikipedia and runs each thru Google's Natural Language Processing API to determine sentiment. Based on the net sentiment, it tells you if today was a good day in history. Note: I exercise no editorial control over what is good, bad or neutral. It's just an algorithm. Items are updated each day at approx. 12:30am.