Did you know that on this day in 1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida? Or that on this day in 1800 Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna?
And on this day in 1902 “Electric Theatre”, the first full-time movie theater in the United States, opens in Los Angeles, California, in 1912 the ill fated RMS Titanic begins sea trials, in 1930 after the mysterious death of Empress Zewditu, Haile Selassie is proclaimed emperor of Ethiopia, in 1956 As the World Turns and The Edge of Night premiere on CBS-TV. The two soaps become the first daytime dramas to debut in the 30-minute format, in 1982 (a mere 30 years ago) the Falklands War begins as Argentina invades the Falkland Islands and in 2006 on this day over 60 tornadoes break out in the United States; hardest hit is in Tennessee with 29 people killed.
Some birthdays to remember on this day are Charlemagne, French King (742 AD-814 AD), Giacomo Casanova, Italian adventurer and writer (1725-1798), Hans Christian Andersen, Danish writer (1805-1875), Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (1840-1902), Walter Chrysler, American automobile pioneer (1875-1940), Max Ernst, German painter (1891-1976), Sir Alec Guinness, English actor (1914-2000), Marvin Gaye, American singer (The Moonglows) (1939-1984), Penelope Keith, English actress (1941), Emmylou Harris, American singer (1947), Linford Christie, English athlete (1960) and Håkan Hellström, Swedish musician (Broder Daniel) (1974).
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