Did you know that on this day in 1649 the House of Commons of England passes an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England”? Or that it was on this day in 1918 the U.S. Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time?
And on this day in 1921 Italian Fascists shoot from the Parenzana train at a group of children in Strunjan (Slovenia): two children are killed, two mangled and three wounded, in 1931 Gambling is legalized in Nevada, in 1945 during the end stages of World War II Adolf Hitler issues his “Nero Decree” ordering all industries, military installations, shops, transportation facilities and communications facilities in Germany to be destroyed, in 2003 United States President George W. Bush orders the start of war against Iraq and in 2008 GRB 080319B, a cosmic burst that is the farthest object visible to the naked eye is briefly observed.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (1813-1873), Wyatt Earp, American marshall (1848-1929), Albert Speer, German architect (1905-1981), Adolf Eichmann, German nazi officer and war criminal (1906-1962), Philip Roth, American author (1933), Ursula Andress, Swiss actress (1936), Glenn Close, American actress (1947), Bruce Willis, American actor (1955) and Jake Weber, British actor (1964).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Mojoday (Discordianism), Saint Joseph’s Day (Roman Catholicism and Church of England) when you supposedly can observe “Return of the Swallow”, annual observance of the swallows‘ return to Mission San Juan Capistrano in California?
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