Good Information in Historical past, August 15 – Good Information Community

838 years in the past as we speak, Queen Tamar of Georgia consecrated the holy cave monastery/metropolis of Vardzia within the mountains of Erusheti on the left financial institution of the Kura River. The caves stretch alongside the cliff for some 5 hundred meters and as much as nineteen vertical tiers. The monastery was an vital cultural heart, a spot of great literary and inventive work. READ extra… (1185)

Vardzia, Georgia – CC 2.0. SA Levan Gokadze

Cave structure has existed at Vardzia because the seventh century CE; carved out of the tufaceous limestone. 4 distinct constructing phases have been recognized at Vardzia: the primary throughout the reign of Giorgi III (1156–1184), when the location was laid out and the primary cave dwellings excavated; the second between his loss of life and the wedding of his successor Tamar in 1186, when the Church of the Dormition was carved out and embellished.

The Historical past of Georgia, a group of medieval chronicles, relates how Vardzia was constructed to deal with the relics of the Virgin of Vardzia, with a purpose to safe favor for Tamar in her campaigns towards the Muslims.

It escaped the Mongol invaders within the 1290s. The monastery, in line with chronicles, contained massive quantities of valuables from silver, gold, and treasured stones, indicating its financial prosperity. Development on the location continued additionally after Tamar’s loss of life. The bell tower and the southern church portal had been constructed within the late thirteenth and early 14th centuries.

It’s at the moment pending UNESCO World Heritage Standing.

MORE Good Information on this Day:

  • The Mayflower launched from a pier in Southampton, England, after needing repairs following a earlier launch that needed to flip again from their voyage to the shores at Plymouth Rocks (1620)
  • Tivoli Gardens opened — and remains to be intact as we speak — in Copenhagen, Denmark (1843)
  • Thomas Edison made the first-ever recording — “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1877)
  • Julia Youngster, the chef, writer, and tv character recognized for bringing French delicacies to the American public together with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Artwork of French Cooking, was born (1912)
  • The Wizard of Oz, a musical fantasy movie starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton because the Depraved Witch, premiered at Grauman’s Chinese language Theatre, in Hollywood (1939)
  • Korean Liberation Day (1945)
  • India gained its independence from the UK after some 200 years of British rule with Jawaharlal Nehru taking workplace as the primary Prime Minister of India, whereas Mohandas Okay. Gandhi, the true hero, was absent and, as a substitute, remained in humble service (1947)
  • Elvis Presley began a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘It’s Now Or By no means’, a track primarily based on the Italian composition ‘O Sole Mio’ (1960)
  • A SETI mission radio telescope at Ohio State College obtained a radio sign from deep house; the occasion is known as the “Wow! sign”, for the notation made by a volunteer on the mission (1977)
  • Apocalypse Now, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, and Martin Sheen—winner of the Palme d’Or—was launched (1979)

10 years in the past as we speak, the Smithsonian Institute felt it had sufficient proof to announce the first new carnivorous mammal to be found within the Americas in 35 years. The olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina) is a mammal of the raccoon household (Procyonidae) that lives in montane forests within the Andes of western Colombia and Ecuador. Regardless of being of no conservation concern, these small mammals had been repeatedly seen, however had been typically mistaken as olingos or the kinkajou, their cousins.

Olinguito within the wild. CC 2.0. Mark Gurney

In actual fact, an olinguito lived on the Nationwide Zoo for a yr, throughout which era researchers tried to breed her with the resident olingos, not realizing she was a distinct species.

Scientists have recognized at least 4 subspecies of this tree-dwelling carnivore that additionally eats fruit, and so they can dwell at altitudes as excessive as 9,000 toes above sea degree, making it the very best dwelling member of the genus. (2013)

105 years in the past as we speak, American cartoonist Winsor McCay launched the primary long-form animation movie, the Sinking of the Lusitania.

Removed from being humorous, the 12-minute movie depicted the large British steam liner carrying 2,000 passengers when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. An originator of animated cartoons, he was annoyed when his media bosses, the Hearst empire, downplayed the incident in its newspapers, as a result of they needed America to remain out of World Battle I.

So McCay spent all his spare hours producing the movie, which took him 22 months to create, telling the story of essentially the most “dastardly, cowardly act.” 25,000 drawings had been sketched and photographed for the musical animation which used the most recent cel expertise.

It was not till Disney’s function movies within the Nineteen Thirties that the animation business caught up with McCay’s degree of modernist method. The seminal movie was chosen for preservation by the US Nationwide Movie Registry for its significance. WATCH 8-minutes of the movie… (1918)


109 years in the past as we speak, the Panama Canal formally opened its gates to ships after the completion of one of many largest, most tough engineering initiatives ever undertaken.

Picture by Dozenist, CC license

The collection of locks and artifical lakes constructed by France and the U.S. related the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, eliminating the necessity for a prolonged, hazardous route round South America. (1914)

And on today in 1965, The Beatles performed the primary ever stadium live performance, performing for 56,000 screaming teenagers at Shea Stadium in New York Metropolis. A pivotal occasion in rock and roll, John Lennon later known as it a profession spotlight, saying, “I noticed the highest of the mountain.” The Beatles At Shea turned a documentary produced by Ed Sullivan, which included backstage scenes of The Fab 4 playing around within the dressing room, and a 30-minute efficiency video of their songs: Twist and Shout, She’s a Lady, I Really feel Advantageous, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket to Experience, All people’s Attempting to Be My Child, Can’t Purchase Me Love, Child’s in Black, Act Naturally, A Onerous Day’s Night time, Assist!, and I’m Down. Watch just a few moments of historical past under…


Pleased thirty third Birthday to Jennifer Lawrence, the actress from Louisville, Kentucky, who turned the highest-paid actress on the earth in 2015 and 2016.

2018 photograph by MTV Worldwide, CC license

After being noticed by a expertise scout whereas vacationing in New York Metropolis together with her household she moved to L.A. Quickly, in her breakthrough function that earned her an Oscar nomination, she performed a poverty-stricken teenager within the 2010 Academy Award nominated indie movie Winter’s Bone. Her profession quickly skyrocketed following starring roles within the X-Males movies and Starvation Video games.

Then, at 22 years outdated, her efficiency alongside Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook received her the Academy Award for Greatest Actress—the second-youngest girl ever to win that Oscar.

In 2015, she based the Jennifer Lawrence Basis, which has advocated for the Boys & Women Golf equipment of America and the Particular Olympics. She was poised to return this yr in a brand new Netflix movie from director Adam McKay, known as Don’t Look Up—a narrative that follows two astronomers who’re working to warn the complete world a couple of large asteroid that’s heading to Earth. (1990)

And, 54 years in the past as we speak, the Woodstock music pageant opened, attracting 400,000 youth to “an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music.


Held at Max Yasgur’s 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, 43 miles southwest of Woodstock, New York, it featured 32 acts performing open air, typically within the rain. It has develop into broadly considered a pivotal second in pop music historical past, first immortalized within the 1970 Oscar–successful documentary and soundtrack album, together with the favored Joni Mitchell–written track, Woodstock that turned a serious hit for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Younger. The pageant website is now on the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations.

Regardless of native opposition, muddy roads and fields, and indicators proclaiming, “Purchase No Milk. Cease Max’s Hippy Music Pageant”, the tickets offered out at $16-$24 every—plus a whole lot of hundreds extra crashed the occasion. Creedence Clearwater Revival was the primary act to signal a contract to carry out in a spot nobody ever heard of—and afterward the massive acts adopted: Joan Baez, Santana, Grateful Lifeless, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, and Jimi Hendrix (enjoying The Star-Spangled Banner at dawn after the ultimate day). WATCH a video celebrating the anniversary… (1969)

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