Did you know that on this day in 1814 the Constitution of Norway is signed and the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik is elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly? Or that it was on this day in 1902 Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer?
And on this day in 1943 the United States Army contracts with the University of Pennsylvania‘s Moore School to develop the ENIAC, in 1970 Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean, in 1974 thirty-three civilians are killed and over 300 injured when the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) explodes car bombs in Dublin and Monaghan, Republic of Ireland. It is the highest number of casualties in any one day during The Troubles. An Irish parliament committee, and others, allege that British security forces were involved, in 1990 the General Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO) eliminates homosexuality from the list of psychiatric diseases and in 2004 Massachusetts becomes the first U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Edward Jenner, English medical researcher (1749-1823), Erik Satie, French composer (1866-1925), Birgit Nilsson, Swedish soprano (1918-2005), Dennis Hopper, American actor and director (1936-2010), Udo Lindenberg, German musician (1946), Bob Saget, American actor (1956), Enya, Irish singer and songwriter (1961) and Tabatha Coffey, Australian hairstylist and television personality (1969).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not join me in celebrating Constitution Day (Norway), or look into the celebration of World Information Society Day (International) or the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia aka IDAHO?
For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.