Did you know that on this day in 1279 BC (that would be 3291 years ago – if my head’s working properly) Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt? Or that it was on this day in 1578 Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool’s gold, used to pave streets in London?
And on this day in 1678 the Godiva procession through Coventry begins, in 1859 the clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time, in 1927 the last Ford Model T rolls off the assembly line after a production run of 15,007,003 vehicles, in 1942 during World War II, Imperial Japanese Navy midget submarines begin a series of attacks on Sydney, Australia and in 2012, in international waters, armed Shayetet 13 commandos, intending to force the flotilla to anchor at the Ashdod port, boarded ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, resulting in 9 civilian deaths.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Genghis Khan, Khagan of the Mongol Empire (1162-1227), Walt Whitman, American poet (1819-1892), Nils Poppe, Swedish actor (1908-2000), Clint Eastwood, American film director and actor (1930), Lea Thompson, American actress (1961), Brooke Shields, American actress and supermodel (1965) and Colin Farrell, Irish actor (1976).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not join in the celebration of World No Tobacco Day (International), Castile–La Mancha Day (Castile–La Mancha) or the Anniversary of Royal Brunei Malay Regiment (Brunei)?
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