Did you know that on this day in 44 BC Casca, Cicero and Cassius decided, in the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should stay alive? Or that it was on this day in 1647, after the Thirty Years’ War, Bavaria, Cologne, France and Sweden sign the Truce of Ulm?
And on this day in 1794 Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin, in 1885 The Mikado a light opera by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, had its first public performance in London, in 1910 Lakeview Gusher, the largest U.S. oil well gusher near Bakersfield, California, vented to atmosphere, in 1942 Orvan Hess and John Bumstead became the first in the United States successfully to treat a patient, Anne Miller, using penicillin and in 2008 a series of riots, protests, and demonstrations erupted in Lhasa and elsewhere in Tibet.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Ludwig Emil Grimm, German painter and engraver (1790-1863), Johann Strauss, Senior, Austrian composer (1804-1849), Albert Einstein, German-born physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (1874-1955), Diane Arbus, American photographer (1923-1971), Sir Michael Caine, British actor and Quincy Jones, American musician and composer (both born in 1933), Steve Kanaly, American actor (1946), Billy Crystal, American actor and comedian and Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and kinetic sculptor (both born 1948) and Taylor Hanson, American musician (Hanson) (1983).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not join in the celebration of Spring Day (Albania), Mother Tongue Day (Estonia) or the fascinating Pi Day, also see July 22–“Pi Approximation Day”?
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