Did you know that it was on this day in 1241 in the Battle of Liegnitz Mongol forces defeat the Polish and German armies (just look at a map and you’ll see why that is a big deal!)? Or that it was on this day in 1388, despite being outnumbered 16 to 1, forces of the Old Swiss Confederacy are victorious over the Archduchy of Austria in the Battle of Näfels?
And, stepping away from all the fighting, in 1682 Robert Cavelier de La Salle discovers the mouth of the Mississippi River, claims it for France and names it Louisiana, in 1865, at the end of the American Civil War, Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia (26,765 troops) to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, effectively ending the war, in 1947 the Journey of Reconciliation, the first interracial Freedom Ride begins through the upper South in violation of Jim Crow laws. The riders wanted enforcement of the United States Supreme Court‘s 1946 Irene Morgan decision that banned racial segregation in interstate travel and in 2005 Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Charles, Prince of Wales marries Camilla Parker Bowles in a civil ceremony at Windsor‘s Guildhall.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Charles Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867), Hugh Hefner, American publisher, founder of Playboy Enterprises (1926), Jean-Paul Belmondo, French actor (1933), Dennis Quaid, American actor (1954), Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer (1957-2011), Marc Jacobs, American fashion designer (1963), Jacques Villeneuve, Canadian race car driver (1971) and Rachel Stevens, English singer, dancer, and actress (S Club) (1978).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Day of the Finnish Language (Finland) or Day of Valor, also known as the “Bataan Day” (the Philippines)?
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