Today is a good day

240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. --- Good: 0.897344, Bad: 0.102656 1085 – Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors. --- Good: 0.987695, Bad: 0.012305 1420 – Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ. --- Good: 0.941107, Bad: 0.058893 1521 – The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw. --- Good: 0.754696, Bad: 0.245304 1644 – Ming general Wu Sangui forms an alliance with the invading Manchus and opens the gates of the Great Wall of China at Shanhaiguan pass, letting the Manchus through towards the capital Beijing. --- Good: 0.991647, Bad: 0.008353 1659 – Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England. --- Good: 0.652267, Bad: 0.347733 1660 – Charles II lands at Dover at the invitation of the Convention Parliament (England), which marks the end of the Cromwell-proclaimed Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland and begins the Restoration (1660) of the British monarchy. --- Good: 0.998827, Bad: 0.001173 1798 – United Irishmen Rebellion: Battle of Carlow begins; executions of suspected rebels at Carnew and at Dunlavin Green take place. --- Good: 0.600383, Bad: 0.399617 1809 – Chuquisaca Revolution: Patriot revolt in Chuquisaca (modern day Sucre) against the Spanish Empire, sparking the Latin American wars of independence. --- Good: 0.940622, Bad: 0.059378 1819 – The Argentine Constitution of 1819 is promulgated. --- Good: 0.908421, Bad: 0.091579 1833 – The Chilean Constitution of 1833 is promulgated. --- Good: 0.947682, Bad: 0.052318 1837 – The Rebels of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for governmental reforms. --- Good: 0.813108, Bad: 0.186892 1878 – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London. --- Good: 0.974984, Bad: 0.025016 1895 – The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as its president. --- Good: 0.992505, Bad: 0.007495 1926 – Sholom Schwartzbard assassinates Symon Petliura, the head of the government of the Ukrainian People's Republic, which is in government-in-exile in Paris. --- Good: 0.990218, Bad: 0.009782 1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan. --- Good: 0.971154, Bad: 0.028846 1940 – World War II: The German 2nd Panzer Division captures the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer; the surrender of the last French and British troops marks the end of the Battle of Boulogne. --- Good: 0.999566, Bad: 0.000434 1946 – The parliament of Transjordan makes Abdullah I of Jordan their Emir. --- Good: 0.90353, Bad: 0.09647 1953 – At the Nevada Test Site, the United States conducts its first and only nuclear artillery test. --- Good: 0.613439, Bad: 0.386561 1953 – The first public television station in the United States officially begins broadcasting as KUHT from the campus of the University of Houston. --- Good: 0.999653, Bad: 0.000347 1955 – First ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third-highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition led by Charles Evans. Joe Brown and George Band reached the summit on May 25, followed by Norman Hardie and Tony Streather the next day. --- Good: 0.965447, Bad: 0.034553 1961 – Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade. --- Good: 0.99995, Bad: 5.0e-05 1963 – In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established. --- Good: 0.965965, Bad: 0.034035 1966 – Explorer program: Explorer 32 launches. --- Good: 0.91313, Bad: 0.08687 1966 – The first prominent dàzìbào during the Cultural Revolution in China is posted at Peking University. --- Good: 0.996093, Bad: 0.003907 1968 – The Gateway Arch in Saint Louis is dedicated. --- Good: 0.945282, Bad: 0.054718 1981 – In Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council is created between Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. --- Good: 0.946588, Bad: 0.053412 1983 – Return of the Jedi is released in theaters. --- Good: 0.565751, Bad: 0.434249 1986 – Hands Across America takes place. --- Good: 0.601039, Bad: 0.398961 1993 – International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is founded. --- Good: 0.999102, Bad: 0.000898 1999 – The United States House of Representatives releases the Cox Report which details the People's Republic of China's nuclear espionage against the U.S. over the prior two decades. --- Good: 0.689461, Bad: 0.310539 2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from Lebanese territory (except for the disputed Shebaa farms zone) 22 years after its invasion in 1978. --- Good: 0.995096, Bad: 0.004904 2011 – Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty-five-year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show. --- Good: 0.737578, Bad: 0.262422 2012 – The SpaceX Dragon became the first commercial spacecraft to successfully rendezvous with the International Space Station. --- Good: 0.999978, Bad: 2.2e-05
567 BC – Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans. --- Bad: 0.940443, Good: 0.059557 1738 – A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners. --- Bad: 0.772336, Good: 0.227664 1810 – May Revolution: citizens of Buenos Aires expel Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the May week, starting the Argentine War of Independence. --- Bad: 0.993349, Good: 0.006651 1865 – In Mobile, Alabama, around 300 people are killed when an ordnance depot explodes. --- Bad: 0.999871, Good: 0.000129 1895 – The playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison. --- Bad: 0.846643, Good: 0.153357 1914 – The House of Commons of the United Kingdom passes the Home Rule Bill for devolution in Ireland. --- Bad: 0.576983, Good: 0.423017 1925 – Scopes Trial: John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee. --- Bad: 0.675031, Good: 0.324969 1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante kills 313 people. --- Bad: 0.998238, Good: 0.001762 1950 – Public transport: Green Hornet disaster. A Chicago Surface Lines streetcar crashes into a fuel truck, killing 33. --- Bad: 0.999438, Good: 0.000562 1955 – In the United States, a night-time F5 tornado strikes the small city of Udall, Kansas, killing 80 and injuring 273. It is the deadliest tornado to ever occur in the state and the 23rd deadliest in the U.S. --- Bad: 0.968491, Good: 0.031509 1973 – HNS Velos, while participating in a NATO exercise and in order to protest against the dictatorship in Greece, anchored at Fiumicino, Italy, refusing to return to Greece. --- Bad: 0.955309, Good: 0.044691 1977 – Star Wars is released in theaters. --- Bad: 0.527065, Good: 0.472935 1977 – Chinese government removes a decade old ban on William Shakespeare's work, effectively ending the Cultural Revolution started in 1966. --- Bad: 0.83856, Good: 0.16144 1979 – American Airlines Flight 191: In Chicago, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 crashes during takeoff at O'Hare International Airport killing all 271 on board and two people on the ground. --- Bad: 1.0, Good: 0.0 1982 – HMS Coventry is sunk during the Falklands War. --- Bad: 0.912283, Good: 0.087717 1985 – Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people. --- Bad: 0.999079, Good: 0.000921 1997 – A military coup in Sierra Leone replaces President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah with Major Johnny Paul Koromah. --- Bad: 0.985263, Good: 0.014737 2002 – China Airlines Flight 611 disintegrates in mid-air and crashes into the Taiwan Strait. All 225 people on board are killed. --- Bad: 0.999918, Good: 8.2e-05 2008 – NASA's Phoenix lander lands in Green Valley region of Mars to search for environments suitable for water and microbial life. --- Bad: 0.807424, Good: 0.192576 2009 – North Korea allegedly tests its second nuclear device. Following the nuclear test, Pyongyang also conducted several missile tests building tensions in the international community. --- Bad: 0.629431, Good: 0.370569 2013 – Suspected Maoist rebels kill at least 28 people and injure 32 others in an attack on a convoy of Indian National Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh, India. --- Bad: 0.999994, Good: 6.0e-06 2013 – A gas cylinder explodes on a school bus in the Pakistani city of Gujrat, killing at least 18 people. --- Bad: 0.999997, Good: 3.0e-06
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.