Did you know that on this day in 1708 James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth? Or that it was on this day in 1775 American Revolutionary War: Patrick Henry delivers his speech – “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!” – at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia?
And on this day in 1806 after traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their “Corps of Discovery” begin their arduous journey home, in 1857 Elisha Otis‘s first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City, in 1919 in Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement, in 1933 the Reichstag passes the Enabling Act of 1933, making Adolf Hitler dictator of Germany, in 1956 Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world. (Republic Day in Pakistan), in 1978 the first UNIFIL troops arrived in Lebanon for peacekeeping mission along the Blue Line and in 2001 the Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day (or not) are William “Captain” Kidd, Scottish sailor (1645-1701), Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director (1910-1998), Chaka Khan, American singer (1953), Damon Albarn, English musician (Blur, Gorillaz and The Good, the Bad & the Queen) (1968), Perez Hilton, American blogger and television persona (1978) and in 1990 Princess Eugenie of York.
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