Today is a good day

590 – Emperor Maurice proclaims his son Theodosius as co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire. --- Good: 0.999851, Bad: 0.000149 908 – Emperor Zhu Wen of Later Liang has Li Zhu, the last Tang Dynasty emperor, poisoned. --- Good: 0.991723, Bad: 0.008276 1027 – Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor. --- Good: 0.887172, Bad: 0.112828 1169 – Saladin becomes the emir of Egypt. --- Good: 0.988559, Bad: 0.011441 1344 – The Siege of Algeciras, one of the first European military engagements where gunpowder was used, comes to an end. --- Good: 0.998997, Bad: 0.001003 1351 – Combat of the Thirty : Thirty Breton knights call out and defeat thirty English knights. --- Good: 0.965079, Bad: 0.034921 1484 – William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables. --- Good: 0.990813, Bad: 0.009187 1552 – Guru Amar Das becomes the Third Sikh guru. --- Good: 0.990949, Bad: 0.009051 1636 – Utrecht University is founded in the Netherlands. --- Good: 0.998011, Bad: 0.001989 1830 – The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, New York. --- Good: 0.988491, Bad: 0.011509 1839 – The first Henley Royal Regatta is held. --- Good: 0.999197, Bad: 0.000803 1871 – The elections of Commune council of the Paris Commune are held. --- Good: 0.867021, Bad: 0.132979 1885 – The Métis people of the District of Saskatchewan under Louis Riel begin the North-West Rebellion against Canada. --- Good: 0.997557, Bad: 0.002443 1915 – Ice hockey: The Vancouver Millionaires sweep the Ottawa Senators three-games-to-none to win the 1915 Stanley Cup Finals, the first championship played between the Pacific Coast Hockey Association and the National Hockey Association. --- Good: 0.999886, Bad: 0.000114 1917 – World War I: First Battle of Gaza – British troops are halted after 17,000 Turks block their advance. --- Good: 0.999186, Bad: 0.000814 1922 – The German Social Democratic Party is founded in Poland. --- Good: 0.994634, Bad: 0.005366 1931 – Swissair is founded as the national airline of Switzerland. --- Good: 0.996374, Bad: 0.003626 1945 – World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ends as the island is officially secured by American forces. --- Good: 0.999592, Bad: 0.000408 1958 – The United States Army launches Explorer 3. --- Good: 0.971884, Bad: 0.028116 1958 – The African Regroupment Party is launched at a meeting in Paris. --- Good: 0.99935, Bad: 0.00065 1971 – East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form the People's Republic of Bangladesh and the Bangladesh Liberation War begins. --- Good: 0.704076, Bad: 0.295924 1975 – The Biological Weapons Convention comes into force. --- Good: 0.995331, Bad: 0.004669 1979 – Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C. --- Good: 0.999487, Bad: 0.000513 1981 – Social Democratic Party (UK) is founded as a party. --- Good: 0.999072, Bad: 0.000928 1982 – A groundbreaking ceremony for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is held in Washington, D.C.. --- Good: 0.999012, Bad: 0.000988 1991 – Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay sign the Treaty of Asunción, establishing Mercosur, the South Common Market. --- Good: 0.998353, Bad: 0.001647 2005 – The BBC broadcasts "Rose" (starring Christopher Eccleston), the first returning episode Doctor Who, after its cancellation in 1989. It is now the world's longest running science fiction drama. --- Good: 1.0, Bad: 1.0e-06 2010 – The South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan is torpedoed, killing 46 sailors. After an international investigation, the President of the United Nations Security Council blames North Korea. --- Good: 0.632405, Bad: 0.367595
1812 – An earthquake destroys Caracas, Venezuela. --- Bad: 0.994497, Good: 0.005503 1812 – A political cartoon in the Boston Gazette coins the term "gerrymander" to describe oddly shaped electoral districts designed to help incumbents win reelection. --- Bad: 0.630061, Good: 0.369939 1913 – Balkan Wars: Bulgarian forces capture Adrianople. --- Bad: 0.980874, Good: 0.019126 1931 – Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union is founded in Vietnam. --- Bad: 0.980142, Good: 0.019858 1934 – The United Kingdom driving test is introduced. --- Bad: 0.521821, Good: 0.478179 1939 – Spanish Civil War: Nationalists begin their final offensive of the war. --- Bad: 0.980408, Good: 0.019592 1942 – World War II: The first female prisoners arrive at Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. --- Bad: 0.986963, Good: 0.013037 1954 – Nuclear weapons testing: The Romeo shot of Operation Castle is detonated at Bikini Atoll. Yield: 11 megatons. --- Bad: 0.998313, Good: 0.001687 1967 – Ten thousand people gather for one of many Central Park be-ins in New York City. --- Bad: 0.656127, Good: 0.343873 1970 – South Vietnamese President Nguyễn Văn Thiệu implements a land reform program to solve the problem of land tenancy --- Bad: 0.90359, Good: 0.09641 1997 – Thirty-nine bodies are found in the Heaven's Gate mass suicides. --- Bad: 0.980965, Good: 0.019035 1998 – During the Algerian Civil War, the Oued Bouaicha massacre sees fifty-two people, mostly infants, killed with axes and knives. --- Bad: 0.985474, Good: 0.014526 2005 – The Taiwanese government calls on one million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China. Around 200,000 to 300,000 attend the demonstration. --- Bad: 0.999217, Good: 0.000783
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.