Today is a good day

30 BC – After the successful invasion of Egypt, Octavian executes Marcus Antonius Antyllus, eldest son of Mark Antony, and Caesarion, the last king of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt and only child of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. --- Good: 0.999303, Bad: 0.000697 20 BC – Ludi Volcanalici are held within the temple precinct of Vulcan, and used by Augustus to mark the treaty with Parthia and the return of the legionary standards that had been lost at the Battle of Carrhae in 53 BC. --- Good: 0.993484, Bad: 0.006516 476 – Odoacer, chieftain of the Germanic tribes (Herulic - Scirian foederati), is proclaimed rex Italiae ("King of Italy") by his troops. --- Good: 0.980671, Bad: 0.019329 634 – Abu Bakr dies at Medina and is succeeded by Umar I who becomes the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate. --- Good: 0.994084, Bad: 0.005916 1244 – Siege of Jerusalem: The city's citadel, the Tower of David, surrenders to Khwarezmian Empire. --- Good: 0.982022, Bad: 0.017978 1305 – Sir William Wallace is executed for high treason at Smithfield, London. --- Good: 0.775923, Bad: 0.224077 1328 – Battle of Cassel: French troops stop an uprising of Flemish farmers. --- Good: 0.933191, Bad: 0.066809 1382 – Siege of Moscow: The Golden Horde led by Tokhtamysh lays siege to the capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow. --- Good: 0.923497, Bad: 0.076503 1514 – The Battle of Chaldiran ends with a decisive victory for the Sultan Selim I, Ottoman Empire, over the Shah Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty. --- Good: 0.907402, Bad: 0.092598 1521 – Christian II of Denmark is deposed as king of Sweden and Gustav Vasa is elected regent. --- Good: 0.90112, Bad: 0.098881 1541 – French explorer Jacques Cartier lands near Quebec City in his third voyage to Canada. --- Good: 0.849365, Bad: 0.150635 1566 - Beeldenstorm reaches Amsterdam. --- Good: 0.651405, Bad: 0.348595 1572 – French Wars of Religion: Mob violence against thousands of Huguenots in Paris results in the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre. --- Good: 0.575543, Bad: 0.424457 1600 – Battle of Gifu Castle: The eastern forces of Tokugawa Ieyasu defeat the western Japanese clans loyal to Toyotomi Hideyori, leading to the destruction of Gifu Castle and serving as a prelude to the Battle of Sekigahara. --- Good: 0.944659, Bad: 0.055341 1628 – George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, is assassinated by John Felton. --- Good: 0.841674, Bad: 0.158326 1775 – American Revolutionary War: King George III delivers his Proclamation of Rebellion to the Court of St James's stating that the American colonies have proceeded to a state of open and avowed rebellion. --- Good: 0.774502, Bad: 0.225498 1784 – Western North Carolina (now eastern Tennessee) declares itself an independent state under the name of Franklin; it is not accepted into the United States, and only lasts for four years. --- Good: 0.896521, Bad: 0.103479 1799 – Napoleon I of France leaves Egypt for France en route to seizing power. --- Good: 0.90897, Bad: 0.09103 1831 – Nat Turner's slave rebellion is suppressed. --- Good: 0.845272, Bad: 0.154728 1866 – Austro-Prussian War ends with the Treaty of Prague. --- Good: 0.899291, Bad: 0.100709 1873 – Albert Bridge in Chelsea, London opens. --- Good: 0.828611, Bad: 0.171389 1898 – The Southern Cross Expedition, the first British venture of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, departs from London. --- Good: 0.999566, Bad: 0.000434 1904 – The automobile tire chain is patented. --- Good: 0.93045, Bad: 0.06955 1923 – Captain Lowell Smith and Lieutenant John P. Richter performed the first mid-air refueling on De Havilland DH-4B, setting an endurance flight record of 37 hours. --- Good: 0.99328, Bad: 0.00672 1944 – World War II: King Michael of Romania dismisses the pro-Nazi government of Marshal Antonescu, who is arrested. Romania switches sides from the Axis to the Allies. --- Good: 0.984469, Bad: 0.015531 1946 – Ordinance No. 46 of the British Military Government constitutes the German Länder (states) of Hanover and Schleswig-Holstein. --- Good: 0.96872, Bad: 0.03128 1947 - 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II). --- Good: 0.773584, Bad: 0.226416 1948 – World Council of Churches is formed by 147 churches from 44 countries. --- Good: 0.894107, Bad: 0.105893 1962 - First Europe-US live TV program is broadcast via Telstar. --- Good: 0.940808, Bad: 0.059192 1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon. --- Good: 0.999871, Bad: 0.000129 1982 – Lebanese falangist leader Bechir Gemayel is elected as president. --- Good: 0.960685, Bad: 0.039315 1985 – Hans Tiedge, top counter-spy of West Germany, defects to East Germany. --- Good: 0.738183, Bad: 0.261817 1987 – The American male basketball team lost the gold medal to Brazilian team at the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, 120–115. --- Good: 0.863527, Bad: 0.136473 1990 – Armenia declares its independence from the Soviet Union. --- Good: 0.999726, Bad: 0.000274 1991 – The World Wide Web is opened to the public. --- Good: 0.993387, Bad: 0.006613 1994 – Eugene Bullard, the only black pilot in World War I, is posthumously commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. --- Good: 0.602374, Bad: 0.397626 2006 – Natascha Kampusch, who had been abducted at the age of ten, escapes from her captor Wolfgang Přiklopil, after eight years of captivity. --- Good: 0.590401, Bad: 0.409599 2007 – The skeletal remains of Russia's last royal family members Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, and his sister Grand Duchess Anastasia are discovered near Yekaterinburg, Russia. --- Good: 0.990131, Bad: 0.009869 2011 – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is overthrown after the National Transitional Council forces take control of Bab al-Azizia compound during the Libyan Civil War. --- Good: 0.970738, Bad: 0.029262
AD 79 – Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire. --- Bad: 0.976972, Good: 0.023028 406 – Gothic king Radagaisus is executed after he is defeated by Roman general Stilicho and 12,000 "barbarians" are incorporated into the Roman army or sold as slaves. --- Bad: 0.975919, Good: 0.024081 1268 – Battle of Tagliacozzo: The army of Charles of Anjou defeats the Ghibellines supporters of Conradin of Hohenstaufen marking the fall of the Hohenstaufen family from the Imperial and Sicilian thrones, and leading to the new chapter of Angevin domination in Southern Italy. --- Bad: 0.553211, Good: 0.446789 1595 – Long Turkish War: Wallachian prince Michael the Brave confronts the Ottoman army in the Battle of Călugăreni and achieves a tactical victory. --- Bad: 0.978028, Good: 0.021972 1614 – Fettmilch Uprising: Jews are expelled from Frankfurt, Holy Roman Empire, following the plundering of the Judengasse. --- Bad: 0.959018, Good: 0.040982 1650 – Colonel George Monck of the English Army forms Monck's Regiment of Foot, which will later become the Coldstream Guards. --- Bad: 0.754511, Good: 0.245489 1655 – Battle of Sobota: The Swedish Empire led by Charles X Gustav defeats the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. --- Bad: 0.951226, Good: 0.048774 1703 – Edirne event: Sultan Mustafa II of the Ottoman Empire is dethroned. --- Bad: 0.90198, Good: 0.09802 1813 – At the Battle of Großbeeren, the Prussians under Von Bülow repulse the French army. --- Bad: 0.62479, Good: 0.37521 1839 – The United Kingdom captures Hong Kong as a base as it prepares for war with Qing China. The ensuing three-year conflict will later be known as the First Opium War. --- Bad: 0.999144, Good: 0.000856 1864 – The Union Navy captures Fort Morgan, Alabama, thus breaking Confederate dominance of all ports on the Gulf of Mexico except Galveston, Texas. --- Bad: 0.977748, Good: 0.022252 1914 – World War I: Battle of Mons: The British Army begins withdrawal. --- Bad: 0.922094, Good: 0.077906 1921 – British airship R-38 experiences structural failure over Hull in England and crashes in the Humber estuary. Of her 49 British and American training crew, only four survive. --- Bad: 0.913402, Good: 0.086598 1927 – Italian anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti are executed after a lengthy, controversial trial. --- Bad: 0.904874, Good: 0.095126 1929 – Hebron Massacre during the 1929 Palestine riots: Arab attack on the Jewish community in Hebron in the British Mandate of Palestine, continuing until the next day, resulted in the death of 65–68 Jews and the remaining Jews being forced to leave the city. --- Bad: 0.933545, Good: 0.066455 1939 – World War II: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union sign a non-aggression treaty, the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact. In a secret addition to the pact, the Baltic states, Finland, Romania, and Poland are divided between the two nations. --- Bad: 0.964467, Good: 0.035533 1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad. --- Bad: 0.944055, Good: 0.055945 1943 – World War II: Kharkiv is liberated after the Battle of Kursk. --- Bad: 0.658737, Good: 0.341263 1944 – World War II: Marseille is liberated by the Allies. --- Bad: 0.712429, Good: 0.287571 1944 – Freckleton Air Disaster: A United States Army Air Forces B-24 Liberator bomber crashes into a school in Freckleton, England, killing 61 people. --- Bad: 1.0, Good: 0.0 1945 – Soviet–Japanese War: The USSR State Defense Committee issues Decree no. 9898cc "About Receiving, Accommodation, and Labor Utilization of the Japanese Army Prisoners of War". --- Bad: 0.996472, Good: 0.003528 1958 – Chinese Civil War: The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis begins with the People's Liberation Army's bombardment of Quemoy. --- Bad: 0.903459, Good: 0.096541 1970 – Organized by Mexican American labor union leader César Chávez, the Salad Bowl strike, the largest farm worker strike in U.S. history, begins. --- Bad: 0.806061, Good: 0.193939 1973 – A bank robbery gone wrong in Stockholm, Sweden, turns into a hostage crisis; over the next five days the hostages begin to sympathise with their captors, leading to the term "Stockholm syndrome". --- Bad: 0.706364, Good: 0.293636 1989 – Singing Revolution: Two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius–Tallinn road, holding hands. --- Bad: 0.964887, Good: 0.035113 1990 – Saddam Hussein appears on Iraqi state television with a number of Western "guests" (actually hostages) to try to prevent the Gulf War. --- Bad: 0.982349, Good: 0.017651 1990 – West and East Germany announce that they will reunite on October 3. --- Bad: 0.95204, Good: 0.047959 2000 – Gulf Air Flight 072 crashes into the Persian Gulf near Manama, Bahrain, killing 143. --- Bad: 0.999218, Good: 0.000782 2011 – A magnitude 5.8 (class: moderate) earthquake occurs in Virginia. Damage occurs to monuments and structures in Washington D.C. and the resulted damage is estimated at $200 million–$300 million USD. --- Bad: 0.972998, Good: 0.027002 2012 – A hot-air balloon crashes near the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana, killing six people and injuring 28 others. --- Bad: 0.999984, Good: 1.6e-05 2013 – A riot at the Palmasola prison complex in Santa Cruz, Bolivia kills 31 people. --- Bad: 0.999941, Good: 5.9e-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.