Did you know that on this day in 1877, at Gilmore’s Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens? Or that it was on this day in 1886 pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named “Coca-Cola” as a patent medicine?
And on this day in 1912 Paramount Pictures is founded, in 1927 attempting to make the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Paris to New York, French war heroes Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli disappeared after taking off aboard The White Bird biplane, in 1933 Mohandas Gandhi begins a 21-day fast in protest against the British rule in India, in 1945 ending World War II in Europe, V-E Day, combat ends in Europe. German forces agree in Rheims, France, to an unconditional surrender, in 1980 the eradication of smallpox is endorsed by the World Health Organization and in 1984 the Thames Barrier is officially opened.
Some birthdays you might want to remember on this day are Miguel Hidalgo Mexican revolutionary (1753-1811), Jean Henri Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross; Nobel laureate (1828-1910), Roberto Rossellini, Italian director (1906-1977), David Attenborough, English naturalist (1926), Sonny Liston, American boxer (1932-1970), Melissa Gilbert, American actress (1964), Darren Hayes, Australian singer (1972), Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer (1975) and Michelle McManus, Scottish singer (1980).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? The obvious one would be to celebrate Victory in Europe Day (Europe), but feel free to look into the celebration of World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day (International) or White Lotus Day (Theosophy) as well.
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