Did you know that on this day in 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II. Chaucer scholars have also identified this date (in 1387) the start of the book’s pilgrimage to Canterbury? Or that it was on this day in 1521 Martin Luther speaks to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings?
And on this day in 1897 the Aurora, Texas UFO incident takes place, in 1907 the Ellis Island immigration center processes 11,747 people, more than on any other day, in 1949 at midnight 26 Irish counties officially leave the British Commonwealth. A 21-gun salute on O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, ushers in the Republic of Ireland, in 1961 in the so-called Bay of Pigs Invasion, a group of CIA financed and trained Cuban exiles lands at the Bay of Pigs in Cuba with the aim of ousting Fidel Castro and in 1986 the Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends.
Some birthdays you may (or not) want to remember on this day are Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball (1820-1892), Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Danish author (1885-1962), William Holden, American actor (1918-1981), Börje Salming, Swedish ice hockey player (1951), Nick Hornby, English author (1957), Sean Bean, English actor (1959), Jennifer Garner, American actress (1972) and Rooney Mara, American actress (1985).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this spring Tuesday? Why not look into the celebration of World Hemophilia Day (International) or Evacuation Day, celebrates the recognition of the independence of Syria from France in 1946?
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