Did you know that on this day in 1614, in Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe? Or that it was on this day in 1722 the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island?
And on this day in 1792 U.S. President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States, in 1900 archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B, in 1930 Mahatma Gandhi ends a 241 mile march to Dandi in the Salt Satyagraha, in 1955 Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom amid indications of failing health, in 1956 Fidel Castro declares himself at war with the President of Cuba and in 2009 North Korea launches its controversial Kwangmyŏngsŏng-2 rocket. The satellite passed over mainland Japan, which prompted an immediate reaction from the United Nations Security Council, as well as participating states of Six-party talks.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Thomas Hobbes, English philosopher (1588-1679), Spencer Tracy, American actor (1900-1967), Bette Davis, American actress (1908-1989), Albert R. Broccoli, American movie producer (1909-1996), Gregory Peck, American actor (1916-2003), Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (1929-2001) and Agnetha Fältskog, Swedish singer (ABBA) (1950).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this Maundy Thursday? Why not just raise a glass to celebrate Sweden’s four-day Easter week-end starting? I am quite sure loads of Swedes (at least) will join you!
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