Did you know that it was on this day in 1860 Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification? Or that it was on this day in 1907 bubonic plague breaks out in San Francisco, California?
And on this day in 1927 the Ford Motor Company ceases manufacture of the Ford Model T and begins to retool plants to make the Ford Model A, in 1933 the Walt Disney Company releases the cartoon Three Little Pigs, with its hit song “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?“, in 1986 the game credited as setting the template for role-playing video games, Dragon Quest is released in Japan, in 1995 in Culpeper, Virginia, actor Christopher Reeve is paralyzed from the neck down after falling from his horse in a riding competition and in 1999 the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands indicts Slobodan Milošević and four others for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Wild Bill Hickok, American gunfighter (1837-1876), Dashiell Hammett, American author (1894-1961), Christopher Lee, English actor (1922), Siouxsie Sioux, English musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees) (1957), Paul Gascoigne, English footballer (1967), Lisa Lopes, American singer (TLC) (1971-2002) and Jamie Oliver, English chef and television personality (1975).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Perhaps you should look into the celebration of Children’s Day (Nigeria) or Mother’s Day or Día de la Madre (Bolivia)? Me I’ll be raising my glass for the world’s best mother today, as we’re celebrating Mother’s Day, or Mors Dag, here in Sweden.
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