Did you know that on this day in 1497 Amerigo Vespucci allegedly leaves Cádiz for his first voyage to the New World? Or that it was on this day in 1773 the Parliament of Great Britain passes the Tea Act, designed to save the British East India Company by granting it a monopoly on the North American tea trade?
And on this day in 1824 the National Gallery in London opens to the public, in 1869 the First Transcontinental Railroad, linking the eastern and western United States, is completed at Promontory Summit, Utah (not Promontory Point, Utah) with thegolden spike, in 1893 the Supreme Court of the United States rules in Nix v. Hedden that a tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit, under the Tariff Act of 1883, in 1940 during World War II Winston Churchill is appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, in 1954 Bill Haley & His Comets release “Rock Around the Clock“, the first rock and roll record to reach number one on the Billboard charts and in 1994 Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as South Africa‘s first black president.
Some birthdays you might want to remember (or not) on this day are Fred Astaire, American dancer and actor (1899-1987), David O. Selznick, American film producer (1902-1965), Ettore Scola, Italian director and screenwriter (1931), Barbara Taylor Bradford, English writer (1933), Kikki Danielsson, Swedish singer (1952), Sid Vicious, English bassist (The Sex Pistols) (1957-1979), Bono, Irish singer (U2) and Merlene Ottey, Jamaican/Slovenian track athlete (both born in 1960), Linda Evangelista, Canadian supermodel (1965) and Jonathan Edwards, English athlete (1966).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly with me on this day? Please feel free to look into the celebration of Constitution Day (Federated States of Micronesia) or Mother’s Day (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico).
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