Did you know that on this day in 1502 (510 years ago) the island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese explorer João da Nova? Or that it was on this day in 1871 French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting. By the close of “Bloody Week” some 20,000 communards have been killed and 38,000 arrested?
And it was also on this day in 1871 that the opening of the first rack railway in Europe, the Rigi-Bahnen on Mount Rigi took place, in 1904 the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris, in 1927 Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, in 1932 bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, in 1937 a Soviet station, North Pole-1, becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean, in 1951 the opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post warNew York avant-garde, collectively known as the New York School and in 1972 Michelangelo‘s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, the mentally disturbed Hungarian geologist Laszlo Toth.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Albrecht Dürer, German painter (1471-1528), Alexander Pope, English poet (1688-1744), Henri Rousseau, French artist (1844-1910), Raymond Burr, Canadian actor (1917-1993), Mr. T, American actor (1952) and Nick Cassavetes, American actor and director (1959).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not join in the celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (International), Afro-Colombian Day (Colombia) or Circassian Day of Mourning (Circassians).
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