Today is a good day

380 – Theodosius I makes his adventus, or formal entry, into Constantinople. --- Good: 0.97798, Bad: 0.02202 1642 – Abel Tasman becomes the first European to discover the island Van Diemen's Land (later renamed Tasmania). --- Good: 0.999976, Bad: 2.4e-05 1835 – The Texas Provincial Government authorizes the creation of a horse-mounted police force called the Texas Rangers (which is now the Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety). --- Good: 0.999681, Bad: 0.000319 1850 – Danish troops defeat a Schleswig-Holstein force in the town of Lottorf, Schleswig-Holstein. --- Good: 0.973735, Bad: 0.026265 1859 – Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species. --- Good: 0.659041, Bad: 0.340959 1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Lookout Mountain: Near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant capture Lookout Mountain and begin to break the Confederate siege of the city led by General Braxton Bragg. --- Good: 0.783794, Bad: 0.216206 1877 – Anna Sewell's animal welfare novel Black Beauty is published. --- Good: 0.847885, Bad: 0.152115 1906 – A 13–6 victory by the Massillon Tigers over their rivals, the Canton Bulldogs, for the "Ohio League" Championship, leads to accusations that the championship series was fixed and results in the first major scandal in professional American football. --- Good: 0.668003, Bad: 0.331997 1922 – Nine Irish Republican Army members are executed by an Irish Free State firing squad. Among them is author Robert Erskine Childers, who had been arrested for illegally carrying a revolver. --- Good: 0.736714, Bad: 0.263286 1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens. --- Good: 0.995733, Bad: 0.004267 1935 – The Senegalese Socialist Party holds its second congress. --- Good: 0.942707, Bad: 0.057293 1940 – World War II: The First Slovak Republic becomes a signatory to the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis powers. --- Good: 0.989283, Bad: 0.010717 1941 – World War II: The United States grants Lend-Lease to the Free French Forces. --- Good: 0.830602, Bad: 0.169398 1962 – The West Berlin branch of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany forms a separate party, the Socialist Unity Party of West Berlin. --- Good: 0.939125, Bad: 0.060875 1962 – The influential British satirical television programme That Was the Week That Was is first broadcast. --- Good: 0.99969, Bad: 0.00031 1963 – Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is killed by Jack Ruby. --- Good: 0.94954, Bad: 0.05046 1969 – Apollo program: The Apollo 12 command module splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean, ending the second manned mission to land on the Moon. --- Good: 0.997498, Bad: 0.002502 1974 – Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discover the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed "Lucy" (after The Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"), in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. --- Good: 0.870757, Bad: 0.129243
1227 – Polish Prince Leszek the White is assassinated at an assembly of Piast dukes at Gąsawa. --- Bad: 0.815304, Good: 0.184696 1248 – In the middle of the night a mass on the north side of Mont Granier suddenly collapsed, in one of the largest historical rockslope failures known in Europe. --- Bad: 0.967162, Good: 0.032838 1429 – Hundred Years' War: Joan of Arc unsuccessfully besieges La Charité. --- Bad: 0.979252, Good: 0.020748 1542 – Battle of Solway Moss: An English army defeats a much larger Scottish force near the River Esk in Dumfries and Galloway. --- Bad: 0.988414, Good: 0.011586 1917 – In Milwaukee, nine members of the Milwaukee Police Department are killed by a bomb, the most deaths in a single event in U.S. police history until the September 11 attacks in 2001. --- Bad: 0.999978, Good: 2.2e-05 1943 – World War II: At the battle of Makin the USS Liscome Bay is torpedoed near Tarawa and sinks, killing 650 men. --- Bad: 0.998572, Good: 0.001428 1944 – World War II: The 73rd Bombardment Wing launches the first attack on Tokyo from the Northern Mariana Islands. --- Bad: 0.641028, Good: 0.358972 1965 – Joseph-Désiré Mobutu seizes power in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and becomes President; he rules the country (which he renames Zaire in 1971) for over 30 years, until being overthrown by rebels in 1997. --- Bad: 0.995948, Good: 0.004052 1966 – Bulgarian TABSO Flight 101 crashes near Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, killing all 82 people on board. --- Bad: 1.0, Good: 0.0 1971 – During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (aka D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He has never been found. --- Bad: 0.993752, Good: 0.006248 1973 – A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany because of the 1973 oil crisis. The speed limit lasts only four months. --- Bad: 0.822588, Good: 0.177412 1976 – The Çaldıran–Muradiye earthquake in eastern Turkey kills between 4,000 and 5,000 people. --- Bad: 0.99989, Good: 0.00011 2012 – A fire at a clothing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, kills at least 112 people. --- Bad: 0.999985, Good: 1.5e-05 2013 – Iran signs an interim agreement with the P5+1 countries, limiting its nuclear program in exchange for reduced sanctions. --- Bad: 0.783978, Good: 0.216022 2015 – A Russian Air Force Sukhoi Su-24 fighter jet is shot down by the Turkish Air Force over the Syria–Turkey border, killing one of the two pilots; a Russian marine is also killed during a subsequent rescue effort. --- Bad: 0.999998, Good: 2.0e-06 2015 – A terrorist attack on a hotel in Al-Arish, Egypt, kills at least seven people and injures 12 others. --- Bad: 1.0, Good: 0.0 2015 – An explosion on a bus carrying Tunisian Presidential Guard personnel in Tunisia's capital Tunis leaves at least 14 people dead. --- Bad: 0.999955, Good: 4.5e-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.