Did you know that on this day in 1529 the Treaty of Saragossa divides the eastern hemisphere between Spain and Portugal along a line 297.5 leagues or 17° east of the Moluccas? Or that it was at noon on this day in 1889, thousands rush to claim land in the Land Run of 1889? Within hours the cities of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed with populations of at least 10,000.
And on this day in 1912 Pravda, the “voice” of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, begins publication in Saint Petersburg, in 1945 during the end stages of World War II in the Führerbunker, after learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse, in 1970 the first Earth Day is celebrated and in 2000 it was on this day the Big Number Change takes place in the United Kingdom.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804), Vladimir Lenin, Russian revolutionary (1870-1924), J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist (1904-1967), Richard Diebenkorn, American artist (1922-1993), Bettie Page, American model (d. 2008) and Aaron Spelling, American television producer (d. 2006) (both born in 1923), Jack Nicholson, American actor (1937), Gary Rhodes, English chef (1969) and Kaká, Brazilian footballer (1982).
If you need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this April Sunday, why not look into celebrating Discovery Day (Brazil) or, which is highly recommended, International Mother Earth Day (International)?
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