Did you know that it was on this day in 421 AD, according to legend, Venice is founded at twelve o’clock noon? Or that it was on this day in 1655 Saturn‘s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens?
And on this day in 1807 the Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, in 1811 Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, in 1931 the Scottsboro Boys are arrested in Alabama and charged with rape, in 1949 the extensive deportation campaign known as March deportation is conducted in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to force collectivisation by way of terror. The Soviet authorities deport more than 92,000 people from the Baltics to remote areas of the Soviet Union and in 1957 United States Customs seizes copies of Allen Ginsberg‘s poem “Howl” on the grounds of obscenity.
It was also on this day in 1957 the European Economic Community is established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), in 1969 during their honeymoon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their first Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel (until March 31), in 1996 The European Union‘s Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) and in 2006 protesters demanding a new election in Belarus, following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, 2006, clash with riot police. Opposition leader Aleksander Kozulin is among several protesters arrested.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Béla Bartók, Hungarian composer (1881-1945), Eileen Ford, American model agency executive (1922), Gloria Steinem, American feminist and publisher (1934), Aretha Franklin, American singer (1942), Paul Michael Glaser, American actor (1943), Elton John, English singer and songwriter (1947), Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress (1965) and Melanie Blatt, British singer (All Saints) (1975).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Freedom Day (Belarus), Struggle for Human Rights Day (Slovakia), Tolkien Reading Day or Vårfrudagen or Våffeldagen, “Waffle Day” (Sweden)?
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