Did you know that on this day in 1549 the city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded? Or that it was on this day in 1638 Swedish colonists establish the first European settlement in Delaware, naming it New Sweden?
And on this day in 1871 the Royal Albert Hall is opened by Queen Victoria, in 1886 Dr. John Pemberton brews the first batch of Coca-Cola in a backyard in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1936 in Germany, Adolf Hitler receives 99% of the votes in a referendum to ratify Germany’s illegal reoccupation of the Rhineland, receiving 44.5 million votes out of 45.5 million registered voters, in 1990 the Czechoslovak parliament is unable to reach an agreement on what to call the country after the fall of Communism, sparking the so-called Hyphen War and in 2004 the Republic of Ireland becomes the first country in the world to ban smoking in all work places, including bars and restaurants.
Some birthdays you might want to remember on this day are Vangelis, Greek musician and composer (1943), Christopher Lambert, French actor (1957), Elle Macpherson, Australian model (1964), Lucy Lawless, New Zealand actress and singer (1968) and Jennifer Capriati, American tennis player (1976).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not celebrate Day of the Young Combatant, celebrated with civil disorder by leftists and anarchists. (Chile) or perhaps Boganda Day (Central African Republic)?
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