Good News in History, November 26

30 years ago today, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy of the Pink Floyd LIVE album Delicate Sound Of Thunder four days after its release. Playing the concert performance while in orbit made Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft and the cassette was still aboard three years later when Mir burned up on re-entry. WATCH a clip… (1988)

Recorded during five nights at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island, New York in 1988 during the Momentary Lapse of Reason tour (sans Roger Waters), fans call this one of the best live albums available from the band in any form—particularly its version of Comfortably Numb. The recording, which was also packaged as a video, also includes the classic Floyd hits Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Time, Wish You Were Here, Us & Them, Money, Another Brick In The Wall. (Watch the mesmerizing clip of On The Turning Away)

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • A day of national Thanksgiving was declared by President George Washington to celebrate the adoption of the U.S. Constitution (1789)
  • Lewis Carroll sent a handwritten story, Alice’s Adventures Underground, to 10-year-old Alice Liddell and 3 years later, in 1865, it would be published as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1862)
  • The University of Notre Dame was founded (1842)
  • Charles Schulz, the Peanuts cartoonist was born in Minnesota (1922)
  • The film Casablanca had its world premiere (1942)
  • India adopted a constitution, as a republic in the British Commonwealth (1949)
  • The Race Relations Act made it illegal in Britain to refuse housing, employment or services to people because of their ethnicity (1968)
  • Tony Blair became the first Prime Minister of the UK to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament (1998)

Happy 79th Birthday to Tina Turner, the American rock-and-roll singer who rose out of the South where she picked cotton with her parents.

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Her 1971 hit, “Proud Mary”, began her Grammy winning streak as the most popular female rock artist, and one of the most popular solo concert acts of all time.

27 years ago today, American country singer Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show.

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Photo by Steve Jurvetson, CC license

Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity. (1991)

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