Today is a good day

379 – Emperor Gratian elevates Flavius Theodosius at Sirmium to Augustus, and gives him authority over all the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire. --- Good: 0.987516, Bad: 0.012484 639 – Clovis II, king of Neustria and Burgundy, is crowned. --- Good: 0.924837, Bad: 0.075163 1419 – Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England, completing his reconquest of Normandy. --- Good: 0.969472, Bad: 0.030528 1511 – Mirandola surrenders to the French. --- Good: 0.793992, Bad: 0.206008 1520 – Sten Sture the Younger, the Regent of Sweden, is mortally wounded at the Battle of Bogesund. --- Good: 0.840234, Bad: 0.159766 1607 – San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is the oldest church still standing in the Philippines. --- Good: 0.999598, Bad: 0.000402 1661 – Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London. --- Good: 0.803993, Bad: 0.196007 1764 – John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel. --- Good: 0.977187, Bad: 0.022813 1788 – The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrive at Botany Bay. --- Good: 0.958769, Bad: 0.041231 1795 – The Batavian Republic is proclaimed in the Netherlands, bringing to an end the Republic of the Seven United Netherlands. --- Good: 0.999972, Bad: 2.8e-05 1806 – Britain occupies the Dutch Cape Colony after the Battle of Blaauwberg. --- Good: 0.832491, Bad: 0.167509 1812 – Peninsular War: After a ten-day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of the Light and third divisions to storm Ciudad Rodrigo. --- Good: 0.763138, Bad: 0.236862 1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust: The First Part of the Tragedy receives its premiere performance. --- Good: 0.995466, Bad: 0.004534 1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome. --- Good: 0.959117, Bad: 0.040883 1861 – American Civil War: Georgia joins South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama in declaring secession from the United States. --- Good: 0.730533, Bad: 0.269467 1862 – American Civil War: Battle of Mill Springs: The Confederacy suffers its first significant defeat in the conflict. --- Good: 0.999751, Bad: 0.000249 1871 – Franco-Prussian War: In the Siege of Paris, Prussia wins the Battle of St. Quentin. Meanwhile, the French attempt to break the siege in the Battle of Buzenval will end unsuccessfully the following day. --- Good: 0.61117, Bad: 0.38883 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. --- Good: 0.991943, Bad: 0.008057 1899 – Anglo-Egyptian Sudan is formed. --- Good: 0.92248, Bad: 0.07752 1915 – Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising. --- Good: 0.794725, Bad: 0.205275 1920 – The United States Senate votes against joining the League of Nations. --- Good: 0.9897, Bad: 0.0103 1937 – Howard Hughes sets a new air record by flying from Los Angeles to New York City in seven hours, 28 minutes, 25 seconds. --- Good: 0.76032, Bad: 0.23968 1940 – You Nazty Spy!, the very first Hollywood film of any kind to satirize Adolf Hitler and the Nazis premieres, starring The Three Stooges, with Moe Howard as the character "Moe Hailstone" satirizing Hitler. --- Good: 0.979354, Bad: 0.020646 1941 – World War II: The Greek Triton (Y-5) sinks the Italian submarine Neghelli in Otranto. --- Good: 0.819294, Bad: 0.180706 1946 – General Douglas MacArthur establishes the International Military Tribunal for the Far East in Tokyo to try Japanese war criminals. --- Good: 0.977516, Bad: 0.022484 1949 – Cuba recognizes Israel. --- Good: 0.653421, Bad: 0.346579 1956 – United Nations Security Council Resolution 111 relating to UNTSO in Palestine is adopted. --- Good: 0.98457, Bad: 0.01543 1960 – Japan and the United States sign the US–Japan Mutual Security Treaty --- Good: 0.853458, Bad: 0.146542 1969 – Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire three days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest about the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turns into another major protest. --- Good: 0.928192, Bad: 0.071808 1981 – Iran hostage crisis: United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity. --- Good: 0.572599, Bad: 0.427401 1983 – The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced. --- Good: 0.99211, Bad: 0.00789 1993 – Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations. --- Good: 0.984518, Bad: 0.015482 1999 – British Aerospace agrees to acquire the defence subsidiary of the General Electric Company plc, forming BAE Systems in November 1999. --- Good: 0.808335, Bad: 0.191665 2012 – The Hong Kong-based file-sharing website Megaupload is shut down by the FBI. --- Good: 0.93662, Bad: 0.06338
649 – Conquest of Kucha: The forces of Kucha surrender after a forty-day siege led by Tang dynasty general Ashina She'er, establishing Tang control over the northern Tarim Basin in Xinjiang. --- Bad: 0.673396, Good: 0.326604 1817 – An army of 5,423 soldiers, led by General José de San Martín, crosses the Andes from Argentina to liberate Chile and then Peru. --- Bad: 0.886601, Good: 0.113399 1839 – The British East India Company captures Aden. --- Bad: 0.723772, Good: 0.276228 1915 – World War I: German zeppelins bomb the towns of Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn in the United Kingdom killing at least 20 people, in the first major aerial bombardment of a civilian target. --- Bad: 0.99997, Good: 3.0e-05 1917 – Seventy-three people are killed and 400 injured in an explosion in a munitions plant in London. --- Bad: 0.999982, Good: 1.8e-05 1942 – World War II: The Japanese conquest of Burma begins. --- Bad: 0.999948, Good: 5.2e-05 1945 – World War II: Soviet forces liberate the Łódź Ghetto. Of more than 200,000 inhabitants in 1940, less than 900 had survived the Nazi occupation. --- Bad: 0.961796, Good: 0.038204 1953 – Almost 72% of all television sets in the United States are tuned into I Love Lucy to watch Lucy give birth. --- Bad: 0.582683, Good: 0.417317 1974 – China gain control over all the Paracel Islands after a military engagement between the naval forces of the People's Republic of China and Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) --- Bad: 0.577473, Good: 0.422527 1977 – President Gerald Ford pardons Iva Toguri D'Aquino (a.k.a. "Tokyo Rose"). --- Bad: 0.594906, Good: 0.405094 1978 – The last Volkswagen Beetle made in Germany leaves VW's plant in Emden. Beetle production in Latin America continues until 2003. --- Bad: 0.697357, Good: 0.302643 1983 – Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie is arrested in Bolivia. --- Bad: 0.992772, Good: 0.007228 1986 – The first IBM PC computer virus is released into the wild. A boot sector virus dubbed (c)Brain, it was created by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan, reportedly to deter unauthorized copying of the software they had written. --- Bad: 0.957765, Good: 0.042235 1991 – Gulf War: Iraq fires a second Scud missile into Israel, causing 15 injuries. --- Bad: 0.806726, Good: 0.193274 1995 – After being struck by lightning the crew of Bristow Flight 56C are forced to ditch. All 18 aboard are later rescued. --- Bad: 0.997908, Good: 0.002092 1996 – The barge North Cape oil spill occurs as an engine fire forces the tugboat Scandia ashore on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. --- Bad: 0.844912, Good: 0.155088 1997 – Yasser Arafat returns to Hebron after more than 30 years and joins celebrations over the handover of the last Israeli-controlled West Bank city. --- Bad: 0.567995, Good: 0.432005 2007 – Turkish-Armenian Journalist Hrant Dink is assassinated in front of his newspaper's Istanbul office by 17-year-old Turkish ultra-nationalist Ogün Samast. --- Bad: 0.854883, Good: 0.145117 2014 – A bomb attack on an army convoy in the city of Bannu kills at least 26 soldiers and injures 38 others. --- Bad: 1.0, Good: 0.0
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.