Government Good: GPS
In late 1983 the Soviet Union shot down a Korean Airlines 747 over the North Pacific Ocean. Through a series of errors both human and machine, compounding one another, commercial jetliner had strayed off its course while flying from Anchorage, Alaska to Seoul, South Korea. This was at the height of the cold war, and the Soviet Union shot down the jet, claiming that the jet, so obviously in Soviet airspace, must have been on a reconnaissance mission. Two hundred and sixty nine people were killed.
Not long after, in early 1984, Ronald Reagan publicly announced, with great media attention, that a forthcoming US Government funded navigation and timing system, known as NAVSTAR-GPS would be available to not only the US Government, and not only to Americans, but to the entire world, for free.
Entry #2 in Government Good. Got a good list of examples going (THANK YOU). Gonna try and do at least one a week, hopefully more. The research can be pretty intense, though. But I shall persevere! Please follow!