Today is a good day

1346 – Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by the English near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years. --- Good: 0.972853, Bad: 0.027147 1456 – The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe (also for a period the oldest in Sweden, and Prussia). --- Good: 0.824937, Bad: 0.175063 1558 – Poczta Polska, the Polish postal service, is founded. --- Good: 0.995184, Bad: 0.004816 1610 – French king Louis XIII is crowned in Reims Cathedral. --- Good: 0.958102, Bad: 0.041898 1660 – Nine regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, are hanged, drawn and quartered. --- Good: 0.935335, Bad: 0.064665 1662 – Charles II of England sells Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds. --- Good: 0.851917, Bad: 0.148083 1777 – American Revolutionary War: British General John Burgoyne surrenders his army at Saratoga, New York. --- Good: 0.66462, Bad: 0.33538 1781 – American Revolutionary War: British General Charles, Earl Cornwallis surrenders at the Siege of Yorktown. --- Good: 0.768142, Bad: 0.231858 1800 – Britain takes control of the Dutch colony of Curaçao. --- Good: 0.884371, Bad: 0.115629 1806 – Former leader of the Haitian Revolution, Emperor Jacques I of Haiti is assassinated after an oppressive rule. --- Good: 0.987015, Bad: 0.012985 1827 – Bellini's third opera, Il pirata, is premiered at Teatro alla Scala di Milano --- Good: 0.836962, Bad: 0.163038 1860 – First The Open Championship (referred to in North America as the British Open). --- Good: 0.973458, Bad: 0.026542 1888 – Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie). --- Good: 0.957941, Bad: 0.042059 1907 – Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada and Clifden, Ireland. --- Good: 0.75391, Bad: 0.24609 1919 – RCA is incorporated as the Radio Corporation of America. --- Good: 0.987798, Bad: 0.012202 1933 – Albert Einstein flees Nazi Germany and moves to the United States. --- Good: 0.540614, Bad: 0.459386 1940 – The body of Communist propagandist Willi Münzenberg found in South France, starting a never-resolved mystery. --- Good: 0.832132, Bad: 0.167868 1941 – World War II: a German submarine attacks an American ship for the first time in the war. --- Good: 0.757722, Bad: 0.242278 1943 – The Burma Railway (Burma–Thailand Railway) is completed. --- Good: 0.543296, Bad: 0.456704 1943 – The Holocaust in Poland: Sobibór extermination camp is closed. --- Good: 0.601063, Bad: 0.398937 1956 – The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield, in Cumbria, England. --- Good: 0.977039, Bad: 0.022961 1956 – Donald Byrne and Bobby Fischer play a famous chess game called The Game of the Century. Fischer beat Byrne and wins a Brilliancy prize. --- Good: 0.898437, Bad: 0.101563 1965 – The 1964–65 New York World's Fair closes after a two-year run. More than 51 million people had attended the event. --- Good: 0.835306, Bad: 0.164694 1973 – OPEC imposes an oil embargo against a number of Western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Egypt and Syria. --- Good: 0.854494, Bad: 0.145506 1979 – Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. --- Good: 0.987558, Bad: 0.012442 1979 – The Department of Education Organization Act is signed into law creating the US Department of Education and US Department of Health and Human Services. --- Good: 0.998618, Bad: 0.001382 1980 – As part of the Holy See–United Kingdom relations a British monarch makes the first state visit to the Vatican --- Good: 0.977466, Bad: 0.022534 1989 – Peaceful Revolution: The East German Politburo votes to remove Erich Honecker from his role as General Secretary of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany. --- Good: 0.999946, Bad: 5.4e-05 2000 – Train crash at Hatfield, north of London, leading to collapse of Railtrack. --- Good: 0.591674, Bad: 0.408326 2001 – Israeli tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi becomes the first Israeli minister to be assassinated in a terrorist attack. --- Good: 0.718889, Bad: 0.281111
1091 – London tornado of 1091: A tornado thought to be of strength T8/F4 strikes the heart of London. --- Bad: 0.65881, Good: 0.34119 1448 – Second Battle of Kosovo, where the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi is defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II. --- Bad: 0.993332, Good: 0.006668 1604 – Kepler's Supernova: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus. --- Bad: 0.516094, Good: 0.483906 1771 – Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, age 15. --- Bad: 0.50548, Good: 0.49452 1814 – Eight people die in the London Beer Flood. --- Bad: 0.887527, Good: 0.112473 1861 – Nineteen people are killed in the Cullin-la-ringo massacre, the deadliest massacre of Europeans by aborigines in Australian history. --- Bad: 0.99963, Good: 0.00037 1912 – Bulgaria, Greece and Serbia declare war on the Ottoman Empire, joining Montenegro in the First Balkan War. --- Bad: 0.999912, Good: 8.8e-05 1931 – Al Capone is convicted of income tax evasion. --- Bad: 0.76358, Good: 0.23642 1941 – German troops execute the male population of the villages Kerdyllia in Serres, Greece. --- Bad: 0.596135, Good: 0.403865 1945 – A massive number of people, headed by CGT, gather in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina to demand Juan Perón's release. --- Bad: 0.951395, Good: 0.048605 1945 – Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens becomes Prime Minister of Greece between the pull-out of the German occupation force in 1944 and the return of King Georgios II to Greece. --- Bad: 0.958119, Good: 0.041881 1961 – Scores of Algerian protesters (some claim up to 400) are massacred by the Paris police at the instigation of former Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon, then chief of the Prefecture of Police. --- Bad: 0.66129, Good: 0.33871 1966 – The 23rd Street Fire in New York City kills 12 firefighters, the fire department's deadliest day until the September 11, 2001 attacks. --- Bad: 0.965315, Good: 0.034685 1970 – Montreal: Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte was murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group. --- Bad: 0.998001, Good: 0.001999 1977 – German Autumn: Four days after it is hijacked, Lufthansa Flight 181 lands in Mogadishu, Somalia, where a team of German GSG 9 commandos later rescues all remaining hostages on board. --- Bad: 0.991217, Good: 0.008783 1989 – The 6.9 Mw Loma Prieta earthquake shakes the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Coast with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). Sixty-three people were killed. --- Bad: 0.999047, Good: 0.000953 1992 – Having gone to the wrong house for a Halloween party, Japanese exchange student Yoshihiro Hattori is shot and killed by the homeowner in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. --- Bad: 0.99991, Good: 9.0e-05 1994 – Russian journalist Dmitry Kholodov is assassinated while investigating corruption in the armed forces. --- Bad: 0.988528, Good: 0.011472 2003 – The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, a 101-floor skyscraper in Taipei, allowing it to surpass the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur by 56 metres (184 ft) and become the world's tallest highrise. --- Bad: 0.790714, Good: 0.209286
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.