Did you know that on this day in 1521 Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines? Or that it was on this day in 1621 Samoset, a Mohegan, visited the settlers of Plymouth Colony and greets them, “Welcome, Englishmen! My name is Samoset.”?
And on this day in 1792 King Gustav III of Sweden is shot; he dies on March 29, in 1872 the Wanderers F.C. won the first FA Cup, the oldest football competition in the world, beating Royal Engineers A.F.C. 1-0 at The Oval in Kennington, London, in 1912 (100 years ago today) Lawrence Oates, an ill member of Robert Falcon Scott‘s South Pole expedition, left the tent to die, saying: “I am just going outside and may be some time.”, in 1935 Adolf Hitler ordered Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Versailles Treaty. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht, in 1945 Ninety percent of Würzburg, Germany is destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers. 5,000 are killed and in 1988 in the Halabja poison gas attack,the Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq is attacked with a mix of poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein, killing 5000 people and injuring about 10000 people.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Georg Simon Ohm, German physicist (1789-1854), Dr. Josef Mengele, German physician and SS officer (1911-1979), Jerry Lewis, American comedian (1926), Erik Estrada, American actor (1949), Flavor Flav, American rapper (Public Enemy) (1959) and Joakim Berg, Swedish singer (Kent) (1970).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this spring-time Friday? Why not look into the celebration of Saint Urho’s Day (Finnish community in U.S. and Canada) or The day of the Book Smugglers (Lithuania)?
For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.