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The Longest Lasting Rainbow, First Human Heart Transplant Performed And More Good News in History For The Week November 28 to December 4

Read on for some of the feel good news in history for the week.

November 28

First Lady To Sit In The House of Commons, UK

Image Credit: Plymouth Museums Archive

Lady Astor became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons in the UK. After her husband, Waldorf Astor relinquished his seat in parliament, Lady Astor, whose name was Nancy succeeded him. After a strong campaign, she was elected to the seat of Plymouth with a majority on November 28, 1919. She served in the seat until 1945 when she retired.

November 29

Louisa May Alcott, Author of Little Women, Born On This Day 1832

Louisa May Alcott. Image credit: United States Library of Congress

Louise May Alcott was born on this day in 1832, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. She is best known as the author of Little Women (1868), a semi-autobiographical best-selling novel.

November 30

Longest Recorded Rainbow On This Day in 2017

Image credit: Guinness World Records

In Taipei’s Yangmingshan Mountain range, a beautiful record was set, in the form of the longest lasting rainbow on record. The rainbow stayed in the sky for 8 hours and 58 minutes before disappearing.

December 1

Benazir Bhutto Is Named The First Leader Of A Muslim Country On This Day In 1988

Benazir Bhutto became the first female leader of Pakistan, and also of any Muslim country in 1988.

December 2

First Skull of Peking Man Found in China On This Day In 1929

The first skull of a Peking man was found in the caves of Zhoukoudian, about 50 km (31 miles) outside of Peking, China. This was the first intact skull to be discovered, after archaeologists had discovered fragments since 1921. These hominids lived around 400,000 years ago.

December 3

First Heart Transplant Performed in 1967

The first human heart transplant was performed in South Africa by Dr. Christiaan Barnard on Louis Washkansky.

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