Did you know that on this day in 1788 the First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island in order to found a convict settlement? Or that it was on this day in 1836, during the Texas Revolution at the Battle of the Alamo, after a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers, including frontiersman Davy Crockett and colonel Jim Bowie, defending the Alamo are killed and the fort is captured?
And on this day in 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society, in 1899 Bayer registers aspirin as a trademark, in 1957 Ghana becomes the first Sub-Saharan country to gain Independence from the British, in 1968 the first of the East L.A. Walkouts take place at several high schools and in 1983 the first United States Football League game is played.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Michelangelo, Italian artist and sculptor (1475-1564), Cyrano de Bergerac, French soldier, poet (1619-1655), Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet (1806-1861), Lou Costello, American actor and comedian (1906-1959), Alan Greenspan, American economist (1926), Kiri Te Kanawa, New Zealander opera singer (1944), Shaquille O’Neal, American basketball player (1972) and Kevin-Prince Boateng, Ghanaian/German footballer (1987).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you would find the celebration of Alamo Day (Texas) or Foundation Day, the founding of Norfolk Island in 1788. (Territory of Norfolk Island) worthy enough causes for a drink?
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