Did you know that it was on this day in 1147 the city of Moscow is first officially recorded? Or that it was on this day in 1721 (only less than 300 years ago) Sir Robert Walpole enters office as the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under King George I?
And on this day in 1873 the Kennel Club is founded, the oldest and first official registry of purebred dogs in the world, in 1949 twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in 1958 the CND Peace Symbol displayed in public for the first time in London, in 1965 the first model of the new Saab Viggen fighter aircraft plane is unveiled, in 1968 Martin Luther King, Jr. is assassinated by James Earl Ray at a motel in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1969 Dr. Denton Cooley implants the first temporary artificial heart and in 1975 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Maya Angelou, American writer (1928), Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet-Russian director (1932-1986), Gary Moore, Northern Irish guitarist (Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, and Bruce-Baker-Moore) (1952-2011), Robert Downey, Jr., American actor (1965), David Blaine, American illusionist (1973), Emerson, Brazilian footballer (1976) and Heath Ledger, Australian actor (1979-2008).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Well, personally I will raise my glass in memory of Martin Luther King, Jr, but there’s also the celebration of International Day for Landmine Awareness and Assistance (International), Peace Day (Angola) or Children’s Day (Republic of China and Hong Kong) that are definitely worth celebrating!
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