Today is a good day

1984 – Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya becomes the third president of Mauritania after a coup d'état against Mohamed Khouna Ould Haidalla while the latter is attending a summit. --- Good: 0.980838, Bad: 0.019162 1991 – The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR. --- Good: 0.989635, Bad: 0.010365 2000 – The United States Supreme Court releases its decision in Bush v. Gore. --- Good: 0.90116, Bad: 0.09884 2012 – North Korea successfully launches its first satellite, Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2, using an Unha-3 carrier rocket. --- Good: 0.99838, Bad: 0.00162 627 – Battle of Nineveh: A Byzantine army under Emperor Heraclius defeats Emperor Khosrau II's Persian forces, commanded by General Rhahzadh. --- Good: 0.901572, Bad: 0.098428 884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who for the last time reunites the Frankish Empire. --- Good: 0.988045, Bad: 0.011955 1408 – The Order of the Dragon, a monarchical chivalric order, is created by Sigismund of Luxembourg, then king of Hungary. --- Good: 0.900502, Bad: 0.099498 1787 – Pennsylvania becomes the second state to ratify the United States Constitution, five days after Delaware became the first. --- Good: 0.755244, Bad: 0.244756 1862 – American Civil War: USS Cairo sinks on the Yazoo River, becoming the first armored ship to be sunk by a controlled mine. --- Good: 0.539195, Bad: 0.460805 1870 – Joseph H. Rainey of South Carolina becomes the second black U.S. congressman, the first being Hiram Revels. --- Good: 0.999977, Bad: 2.3e-05 1897 – Belo Horizonte, the first planned city in Brazil, is founded. --- Good: 0.999801, Bad: 0.000199 1901 – Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal (the letter "S" [***] in Morse Code), at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland. --- Good: 0.988719, Bad: 0.011281 1911 – Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India. --- Good: 0.769348, Bad: 0.230652 1911 – King George V of the United Kingdom and Mary of Teck are enthroned as Emperor and Empress of India. --- Good: 0.705992, Bad: 0.294008 1915 – President of the Republic of China, Yuan Shikai, announces his intention to reinstate the monarchy and proclaim himself Emperor of China. --- Good: 0.992768, Bad: 0.007232 1918 – The Flag of Estonia is raised atop the Pikk Hermann for the first time. --- Good: 0.998954, Bad: 0.001046 1925 – The Majlis of Iran votes to crown Reza Khan as the new Shah of Iran, starting the Pahlavi dynasty. --- Good: 0.998525, Bad: 0.001475 1936 – Xi'an Incident: The Generalissimo of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-shek, is kidnapped by Zhang Xueliang. --- Good: 0.593329, Bad: 0.406671 1939 – Winter War: Battle of Tolvajärvi: Finnish forces defeat those of the Soviet Union in their first major victory of the conflict. --- Good: 0.998901, Bad: 0.001099 1950 – Paula Ackerman, the first woman appointed to perform rabbinical functions in the United States, leads the congregation in her first services. --- Good: 0.999794, Bad: 0.000206 1963 – Kenya gains its independence from the United Kingdom. --- Good: 0.994491, Bad: 0.005509 1964 – Prime Minister Jomo Kenyatta becomes the first President of the Republic of Kenya. --- Good: 0.991215, Bad: 0.008785 1979 – Coup d'état of December Twelfth: South Korean Army Major General Chun Doo-hwan orders the arrest of Army Chief of Staff General Jeong Seung-hwa without authorization from President Choi Kyu-ha, alleging involvement in the assassination of ex-President Park Chung-hee. --- Good: 0.967007, Bad: 0.032993 1979 – The unrecognised state of Zimbabwe-Rhodesia returns to British control and resumes using the name Southern Rhodesia. --- Good: 0.991892, Bad: 0.008108 1983 – The Australian Labor government led by Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating floats the Australian dollar. --- Good: 0.996976, Bad: 0.003024
1985 – Arrow Air Flight 1285, a McDonnell Douglas DC-8, crashes after takeoff in Gander, Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board, including 236 members of the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division. --- Bad: 0.999996, Good: 4.0e-06 1988 – The Clapham Junction rail crash kills thirty-five and injures hundreds after two collisions of three commuter trains—one of the worst train crashes in the United Kingdom. --- Bad: 0.999389, Good: 0.000611 2001 – Prime Minister of Vietnam Phan Văn Khải announces the decision on upgrading the Phong Nha–Kẻ Bàng nature reserve to a national park, providing information on projects for the conservation and development of the park and revised maps. --- Bad: 0.833639, Good: 0.166361 1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma'arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town's walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism. --- Bad: 0.992853, Good: 0.007148 1388 – Mary of Enghien sells the lordship of Argos and Nauplia to the Republic of Venice. --- Bad: 0.524692, Good: 0.475308 1781 – American Revolutionary War: Second Battle of Ushant: A British fleet led by HMS Victory defeats a French fleet. --- Bad: 0.904946, Good: 0.095054 1866 – Oaks explosion: The worst mining disaster in England kills 361 miners and rescuers. --- Bad: 0.939151, Good: 0.060849 1917 – In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys. --- Bad: 0.868758, Good: 0.131242 1935 – Lebensborn Project, a Nazi reproduction program, is founded by Heinrich Himmler. --- Bad: 0.706047, Good: 0.293953 1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident: Japanese aircraft bomb and sink U.S. gunboat USS Panay on the Yangtze river in China. --- Bad: 0.999998, Good: 2.0e-06 1939 – HMS Duchess sinks after a collision with HMS Barham off the coast of Scotland with the loss of 124 men. --- Bad: 0.583204, Good: 0.416796 1940 – World War II: Approximately 70 people are killed in the Marples Hotel, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, as a result of a German air raid. --- Bad: 0.999591, Good: 0.000409 1941 – World War II: Fifty-four Japanese A6M Zero fighters raid Batangas Field, Philippines. Jesús Villamor and four Filipino fighter pilots fend them off; César Basa is killed. --- Bad: 0.777324, Good: 0.222676 1941 – World War II: The United Kingdom declares war on Bulgaria. Hungary and Romania declare war on the United States. India declares war on Japan. --- Bad: 0.999948, Good: 5.2e-05 1941 – Adolf Hitler declares the imminent extermination of the Jews at a meeting in the Reich Chancellery --- Bad: 0.638971, Good: 0.361029 1942 – World War II: German troops begin Operation Winter Storm, an attempt to relieve encircled Axis forces during the Battle of Stalingrad. --- Bad: 0.966069, Good: 0.033931 1946 – A fire at an ice plant in Hudson Heights, Manhattan spreads to an adjacent tenement, killing 37 people. --- Bad: 0.99991, Good: 9.0e-05 1948 – Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre: Fourteen members of the Scots Guards stationed in Malaya allegedly massacre 24 unarmed civilians and set fire to the village. --- Bad: 0.957178, Good: 0.042821 1956 – Beginning of the Irish Republican Army's "Border Campaign". --- Bad: 0.673573, Good: 0.326427 1969 – Years of Lead: Piazza Fontana bombing: The offices of Banca Nazionale dell'Agricoltura in Piazza Fontana, Milan, are bombed. --- Bad: 0.876911, Good: 0.123089 1979 – President of Pakistan Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq confers Nishan-e-Imtiaz on Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam. --- Bad: 0.895057, Good: 0.104943 1979 – The 8.2 Mw Tumaco earthquake shakes Colombia and Ecuador with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 300–600, and generating a large tsunami. --- Bad: 0.999797, Good: 0.000203
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.