Did you know that according to tradition it was on this day in 753 BC that Romulus and Remus founded Rome, Italy? Or that it was on this day in 1509 one of the more colourful and well known English kings, Henry VIII ascends the throne of England on the death of his father, Henry VII?
And on this day in 1918, during World War I, German fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as “The Red Baron“, is shot down and killed over Vaux-sur-Somme in France, in 1934 the “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the most famous photo allegedly showing the Loch Ness Monster, is published in the Daily Mail (in 1999, it is revealed to be a hoax), in 1945 towards the end of World War II, Soviet Union forces south of Berlin at Zossen attack the German High Command headquarters, in 1966 becoming an important date for the Rastafari movement, Haile Selassie of Ethiopia visits Jamaica and in 1989, 6 days after his death and during the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989, in Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Charlotte Brontë, English author (1816-1855), Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor (1915-2001), Elizabeth II (1926), Iggy Pop, American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor (The Stooges and The Trolls) (1947), Tony Danza, American actor (1951), Andie MacDowell, American actress (1958), James McAvoy, Scottish actor (1979) and Princess Isabella of Denmark (2007).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebration of Grounation Day (Rastafari movement), National Tree Planting Day (Kenya) or Aggie Muster (Texas A&M University)?
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