Did you know that on this day in 1492 Queen Isabella of Castille issues the Alhambra decree, ordering her 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion? Or that it was on this day in 1889 the Eiffel Tower is officially opened?
And on this day in 1909 construction of the ill fated RMS Titanic begins, in 1917 the United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands, in 1918 Massacre of ethnic Azerbaijanis is committed by allied armed groups of Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Bolsheviks. Nearly 12,000 Azerbaijani Muslims are killed, in 1959 the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum, in 1990 200,000 protestors take to the streets of London to protest against the newly introduced Poll Tax and in 1994, as another piece of the Human evolution puzzle, The journal Nature reports the finding in Ethiopia of the first complete Australopithecus afarensis skull.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are René Descartes, French philosopher, mathematician (1596-1650), Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (1685-1750), Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (1732-1809), Richard Chamberlain, American actor (1934), Christopher Walken, American actor (1943), Al Gore, American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate (1948) and Ewan McGregor, Scottish actor (1971).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not turn off the lights and help celebrate Earth Hour (20:30 local time in various areas, 2012), or if you would rather look into the celebration of Freedom Day (Malta) or César Chávez Day (United States of America)?
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