Did you know that on this day in 1770 Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of what is now Australia on the same day as Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding? Or that it was on this day in 1782 John Adams secures the Dutch Republic‘s recognition of the United States as an independent government? The house which he had purchased inThe Hague, Netherlands becomes the first American embassy.
And on this day in 1892 Charles Duryea claims to have driven the first automobile in the United States, in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1927 Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex, in 1943 on what is called Bicycle Day, Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time, in 1956 actress Grace Kelly marries Prince Rainier of Monaco, in 1984 Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours and in 1987 The Simpsons premieres as a short cartoon on The Tracey Ullman Show.
It was also on this day in 1993 the 51-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die, in 1995 the Oklahoma City bombing takes place as the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, in 1999 the German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, in 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name of Benedict XVI and one year ago on this day in 2011 Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba‘s central committee after 45 years of holding the title.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Eliot Ness, American lawman (1903-1957), Jayne Mansfield, American actress (1933-1967), Dudley Moore, English actor, comedian and composer (1935-2002), Ruby Wax, American comedian (1953), Ashley Judd, American actress (1968), Kate Hudson, American actress (1979) and Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player (1987).
For a reason to raise your glass of bubbly today, I would suggest you look into the celebration of Bicycle Day (though bubbly might be the safer substance to celebrate it with), First Day of Summer or Sumardagurinn fyrsti (Iceland), or Primrose Day (United Kingdom).
For more information about historic events on this very busy day in history, please go here.