Yes, we know, the world's got its share of downers, but there's also a whole lot of sunshine peeking through those cloudy headlines.
Having weathered this 12-month marathon, let's bid 2023 a grand farewell by highlighting all the good it brought. So, to kick off 2024 with some positive vibes, here are 23 headlines that brightened up 2023.
• The Biden-Harris administration granted forgiveness for more than $127 billion in student loan debt, benefiting nearly 3.6 million borrowers.
• The collaborative Prison Education college degree program by Yale and the University of New Haven produced its first graduates, with seven inmates earning associate degrees.
• The U.S. Department of Transportation allocated $110 million for projects in 17 states to protect wildlife by reducing vehicle-wildlife collisions by creating new crossings and fencings.
• The Sacramento Zoo announced the birth of a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan — the first born at the zoo since 1981.
• The United Nations said the Earth's ozone layer is on the mend and is set to patch up the Antarctic “ozone hole” by 2066, just 42 years from 2024.
• Scientists found Argoland, a continent that broke away 155 million years ago from the supercontinent in Southeast Asia.
• India became the fourth country to land a spacecraft on the moon, joining the United States, the Soviet Union and China.
• Japan uncovered over 7,000 previously unaccounted-for islands through digital mapping, revealing a total of 14,125 islands within its territory.
• Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in history when she won her 29th world championship medal, bringing her total to 37 medals across championships and the Olympics.
• Coco Gauff made history at the 2023 U.S. Open by becoming the youngest American to win a match since Serena Williams in 1999.
• Liam Hendriks made an emotional return to Major League Baseball after overcoming Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
• Pennsylvania golf pro Braden Shattuck overcame a major car crash and later qualified for the PGA Championship.
• Female artists overwhelmingly dominated the Grammy nominations, securing the majority of spots in several key categories.
• This was a record-breaking year for concert attendance, as concert tours made a significant impact with a growing appetite for live music experiences.
• 'NSYNC made a comeback after more than two decades, treating fans to a brand-new song.
• A new adaptive device offered hope and independence to spinal cord injury patients, enabling them to overcome limitations.
• The drug donanemab demonstrated potential in slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease, with a reported 35% reduction in cognitive decline in a phase 3 clinical trial.
• A drug that is being developed to extend the lifespan of some dogs by at least one year achieved a huge milestone as the FDA approved its effectiveness expectation.
• A new program using virtual reality immersion at a hospital in Florida is giving people with autism the skills and confidence to drive.
• The Federal Aviation Administration granted approval to two flying cars this year, opening up the skies in the U.S.
• Detroit launched the country's first road with wireless charging to encourage electric vehicle use for a cleaner future.
• Ending on a high note, Apple announced it will make texting Android users easier and might ditch those annoying green bubbles.
Ta-da! Those were some of the good moments we had this year. Now, we wish you a very happy New Year and hope you stick around in 2024 for your daily dose of news and a sprinkle of joy to make your day a bit brighter.
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