Did you know that it was on this day in 1796 Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination? Or that it was on this day in 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River?
And on this day in 1870 the first game of rugby in New Zealand is played in Nelson between Nelson College and the Nelson Rugby Football Club, in 1925 Virginia Woolf‘s novel Mrs Dalloway is published, in 1931 in the Ådalen shootings five people are killed in Ådalen, Sweden, as soldiers open fire on an unarmed trade union demonstration, in 1948 Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and in 1955 during the Cold War Eight communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Thomas Gainsborough, English painter (1727-1788), Bobby Darin, American singer (1936-1973), George Lucas, American film director (1944), Robert Zemeckis, American film director (1952), Cate Blanchett, Australian actress (1969), Sofia Coppola, American director (1971) and Mark Zuckerberg, American internet entrepreneur, co-founder of Facebook (1984).
You may also be interested to know that it was on this day 100 years ago that one of Sweden’s greatest cultural personalities passed away, August Strindberg, Swedish playwright, novelist and essayist (1849-1912). It is not that often a Swede reaches international fame!
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