Did you know that it was on this day in 1814 Joachim Murat issues the Rimini Declaration which would later inspire Italian Unification? Or that it was on this day in 1842 Ether anesthesia is used for the first time, in an operation by the American surgeon Dr. Crawford Long?
And on this day in 1867 Alaska is purchased from Russia for $7.2 million, about 2 cent/acre ($4.19/km²), by United States Secretary of State William H. Seward, in 1949 a riot breaks out in Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík, when Iceland joins NATO, in 1981 President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr. and in 2006 The United Kingdom Terrorism Act 2006 becomes a law.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Francisco Goya, Spanish painter (1746-1828), Robert Bunsen, German chemist (1811-1899), Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter (1853-1890), Ingvar Kamprad, Swedish entrepreneur, founder of IKEA (1926), Tom Sharpe, English author (1928), Rolf Harris, Australian musician, singer-songwriter, composer, painter and television personality (1930), Warren Beatty, American actor and director (1937), Eric Clapton, British guitarist (The Yardbirds and Cream) (1945), MC Hammer, American rapper (1962), Tracy Chapman, American singer-songwriter (1964), Piers Morgan, British journalist and television personality (1965), Celine Dion, Canadian singer (1968) and Norah Jones, American singer-songwriter and actress (1979).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Land Day commemoration (Palestine / Israel) or Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day (Trinidad and Tobago)?
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