Did you know that it was on this day in 1622 the Jamestown massacre took place, Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony’s population? Or that it was on this day in 1784 the Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current location in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand?
And on this day in 1888, in England, The Football League, the world’s oldest professional Association Football league, is founded, in 1906 the first Anglo-French rugby union match at Parc des Princes in Paris, in 1943 during World War II the entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by German occupation forces, in 1972 the Eisenstadt v. Baird decision by the United States Supreme Court allows unmarried persons the right to contraceptives, in 1997 the Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to Earth and in 2009 Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska begins erupting after a prolonged period of unrest.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter (1599-1641), Chico Marx, American comedian and actor (1887-1961), Louis L’Amour, American author (1908-1988), Marcel Marceau, French mime artist (1923-2007), Stephen Sondheim, American composer and lyricist (1930), William Shatner, Canadian actor (1931), Roger Whittaker, British singer (1936), James Patterson, American author (1947), Andrew Lloyd Webber, English theatre composer (1948), Lena Olin, Swedish actress (1955), Mario Cipollini, Italian cyclist (1967), Andreas Johnson, Swedish singer (1970), Reese Witherspoon, American actress (1976).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Emancipation Day or Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud (Puerto Rico)? And don’t forget to save a thought for World Day for Water (International)!!!
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