Did you know that it was on this day in 1789 during the Mutiny on the Bounty Lieutenant William Bligh and 18 sailors are set adrift and the rebel crew returns to Tahiti briefly and then sets sail for Pitcairn Island? Or that it was on this day in 1947 Thor Heyerdahl and five crew mates set out from Peru on the Kon-Tiki to prove that Peruvian natives could have settled Polynesia?
And on this day in 1952, ending Occupied Japan, The United States occupation of Japan ends as the Treaty of San Francisco, ratified September 8, 1951, comes into force, in 1996 in Tasmania, Australia, Martin Bryant goes on a shooting spree, killing 35 people and seriously injuring 21 more and in 2001 Millionaire Dennis Tito becomes the world’s first space tourist.
Some birthdays to remember on this day are Lee Falk, American writer (1911-1999), Ferruccio Lamborghini, Italian industrialist and automobile manufacturer, created Lamborghini (1916-1993), Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (1922-1987), Harper Lee, American author (1926), Terry Pratchett, English author (1948), Jay Leno, American comedian and talk show host (1950), Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (1974) and Jessica Alba, American actress (1981).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you could look into celebrating Workers Memorial Day (International), World Day for Safety and Health at Work (International) or National Heroes Day (Barbados)?
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