Did you know that on this day in 1250 Zhongdu (now Beijing), then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Zhongdu? Or that it was on this day in 1495 Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky?
And on this day in 1812 during the aptly named War of 1812, U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, in 1831 James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, in 1857 Charles Baudelaire‘s Les Fleurs du mal is published, in 1974 the Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, in 2003 the People’s Republic of China begins filling the reservoir behind the Three Gorges Dam and in 2009 General Motors files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. It is the fourth largest United States bankruptcy in history.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Povel Ramel, Swedish entertainer (1922-2007), Marilyn Monroe, American actress (1926-1962), Pat Boone, American singer (1934), Morgan Freeman, American actor (1934), Ronnie Wood, English guitarist (Rolling Stones) (1947), Jason Donovan, Australian actor and singer (1968), Heidi Klum, German model (1973) and Alanis Morissette, Canadian singer-songwriter (1974).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of International Children’s Day (International), National Day Against Homophobia (Canada) or National Tree Planting Day (Cambodia)?
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