Did you know that it was on this day in 1793 the first republican state in Germany, the Republic of Mainz, is declared by Andreas Joseph Hofmann? Or that it was on this day in 1850 American Express is founded by Henry Wells and William Fargo?
And on this day in 1893 former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada. Originally presented to amateur champions, the Stanley Cup has been awarded to the top pro team since 1910, and since 1926, only to National Hockey League teams, in 1937 the New London School explosion kills three hundred, mostly children, in 1940 during World War II, the formation of the Axis Powers as Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini meet at the Brenner Pass in the Alps and agree to form an alliance against France and the United Kingdom and in 1965 Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
It was also on this day in 1989 in Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, in 1994 Bosnia‘s Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and in 2003 British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this this are Ernest Gallo, American winemaker (1909-2007), Peter Graves, American actor (1926-2010), John Updike, American author (1932-2009), Joy Fielding, Canadian novelist and actress (1945), Ben Cohen, American ice cream maker (1951), Ingemar Stenmark, Swedish skier (1956), Luc Besson, French producer, writer, and director and Irene Cara, American singer and actress (both born in 1959), Mike Rowe, American television personality (1962), Queen Latifah, American singer and actress (1970) and Adam Levine, American singer (Maroon 5) (1979).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Flag Day (Aruba), Mens and Soldiers Day (Mongolia) or, in those counties where it’s appropriate today, Mother’s Day?
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