Did you know that on this day in 1692 Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts? Found guilty, she is hanged on June 10. Or that it was on this day in 1835 P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States?
And on this day in 1896 Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his newest invention: the radio, in 1919 Anarchists simultaneously set off bombs in eight separate U.S. cities, in 1953 the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, who is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, the first major international event to be televised, in 1997 in Denver, Colorado, Timothy McVeigh is convicted on 15 counts of murder and conspiracy for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and in 2004 Ken Jennings begins his 74-game winning streak on the syndicated game show Jeopardy!.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Marquis de Sade, French author (1740-1814), Thomas Hardy, English writer (1840-1928), Edward Elgar, English composer (1857-1934), Johnny Weissmuller, American swimmer and actor (1904-1984), Stacy Keach, American actor (1941) and Tony Hadley, English singer (Spandau Ballet) (1960).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not join in the celebration of Children’s Day (North Korea) or Festa della Repubblica, commemorating the birth of the Repubblica Italiana and the end of the monarchy. (Italy)?
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