Did you know that on this day in 73 AD Masada, a Jewish fortress, falls to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt? Or that it was on this day in 1521 Protestant reformist Martin Luther‘s first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire?
And on this day in 1908 the Natural Bridges National Monument is established in Utah, in 1947 Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, in 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation and in 2007, during Virginia Tech massacre, the deadliest spree shooting in modern American history, Seung-Hui Cho, kills 32 and injures 23 before committing suicide.
Some birthdays you may want to remember (or forget as may be) on this day are Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax, British poet and statesman (1661-1715), Hans Auer, Swiss architect (1847-1906), Wilbur Wright, American aviation pioneer (1867-1912), Charlie Chaplin, English actor and filmmaker (1889-1977), Peter Ustinov, English actor (1921-2004), Kingsley Amis, English author (1922-1995), Dusty Springfield, English singer (1939-1999), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, American basketball player (1947), Jimmy Osmond, American pop singer (The Osmonds) (1963) and Fredrik Ljungberg, Swedish footballer (1977).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Emancipation Day (Washington, D.C.) or join the Danes in celebrating the wonderful Birthday of Queen Margrethe II (Denmark)?
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