Did you know that on this day in 1336 Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) ascends Mont Ventoux? Or that it was on this day in 1933 the Gestapo, the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, is established?
And on this day in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War, the town Guernica (or Gernika in Basque), Spain is bombed by German Luftwaffe, in 1954 the Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina and Korea, begins, in 1965 a Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting, in 1986 a nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world’s worst nuclear disaster, in 1989 the deadliest tornado in world history strikes Central Bangladesh, killing upwards of 1,300, injuring 12,000, and leaving as many as 80,000 homeless and ten years ago, in 2002, German Robert Steinhäuser infiltrates and kills 17 at Gutenberg-Gymnasium in Erfurt, Germany before dying of a self-inflicted gunshot.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Muhammed, founder of Islam, according to the Shi’a sect. Other sources suggest April 20. (540 AD- 632 AD), Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher (1889-1951), Rudolf Hess, Nazi official (1894-1987), Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese movie producer and creator of Godzilla (1910-1997), Carol Burnett, American comedian (1933), Roger Taylor, British musician (Duran Duran) (1960) and Melania Trump, Slovenian model (1970).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this Thursday? Why not look into the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day (International), Confederate Memorial Day (States of Florida, Texas, and Georgia) or Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy (Belarus)?
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