15 years ago today, astronomers announced the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond—2300 miles wide with 10 billion, trillion, trillion carats.
It is actually a white dwarf star remnant in the constellation of Centaurus that researchers nicknamed Lucy, after the Beatles’ song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. When this particular type of white dwarf cools, its material—carbon and oxygen—crystallizes and shines like a diamond. WATCH a video explanation… (2004)
MORE Good News on this Date:
- The first public school in the US, Boston Latin School was founded; Benjamin Franklin was its most famous dropout (1635)
- Spain recognized Portugal’s independence (1668)
- The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne was first published in Paris by Hubertine Auclert and lasted ten years (1881)
- The ASCAP union (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) was established to protect the copyrights of members’ music (1914)
- Canadian Hal Foster published his first Prince Valiant comic strip with superb medieval detailing, ”an illustrated historical novel” that he would write and illustrate for the next 42 years (1937)
- An Agreement was reached for a two-stage plan to reunite Germany (1990)
- Two years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the region, 1500 volunteers gathered in a one-day blitz to erect playgrounds for nearly 36,000 New Orleans children, playgrounds that were designed by the schools’ own students (2007)
- Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and their Stolen Generations (2008)
- Washington became the seventh U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage (2012)
And on this day in 1973, a concert at the Rainbow Theatre in London heralded the return of Eric Clapton from heroin-induced isolation—a comeback after two years of inactivity arranged by his friend, Pete Townshend.
The show was recorded for an LP (Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert) that featured the pair, along with Ronnie Wood and Stevie Winwood, doing all the amazing Clapton songs from the Yardbirds and Cream. In the following twelve months, Clapton recovered from his drug addiction and recorded 461 Ocean Boulevard.
And, Happy 77th Birthday to Peter Tork, guitarist, singer, keyboardist, and TV performer who was a member of The Monkees. (1942)