Did you know that it was on this day in 1551 National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in the Americas, is founded in Lima, Peru? Or that it was on this day in 1916 James Connolly was sat on a chair and shot dead in Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin, after his role in the Easter Uprising?
And on this day in 1932 ten weeks after his abduction Charles Jr., the infant son of Charles Lindbergh is found dead in Hopewell, New Jersey, just a few miles from the Lindberghs’ home, in 1941 Konrad Zuse presents the Z3, the world’s first working programmable, fully automatic computer, in Berlin, in 1949 the western occupying powers approve the Basic Law for the new German state: the Federal Republic of Germany, in 1982 during a procession outside the shrine of the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal, security guards overpower Juan Fernandez Krohn before he can attack Pope John Paul IIwith a bayonet. Krohn, an ultraconservative Spanish priest opposed to the Vatican II reforms, believed that the Pope had to be killed for being an “agent of Moscow” and in 2008 in earthquake (measuring around 8.0 magnitude) occurs in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Florence Nightingale, British nurse (1820-1910), Dante Gabriel Rossetti, British painter (1928-1882), Katharine Hepburn, American actress (1907-2003), Bruce Boxleitner, American actor (1950), Emilio Estevez, American actor (1962), Stephen Baldwin, American actor (1966) and Tony Hawk, American skateboarder (1968).
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