Did you know that on this day in 1839 in Humen, China, Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a casus belli to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War? Or that it was on this day in 1937 the Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson?
And on this day in 1950, in the first successful ascent of an Eight-thousander; Annapurna is summited by Maurice Herzog and Louis Lachenal, in 1968 Valerie Solanas, author of SCUM Manifesto, attempts to assassinate Andy Warhol by shooting him three times, in 1984 Operation Blue Star, a military offensive, is launched by the Indian government at Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for the Sikhs, in Amritsar. The operation continues until June 6 with casualties, most of them civilians, in excess of 5,000 and in 1989 the government of China sends troops to force protesters out of Tiananmen Square after seven weeks of occupation.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Josephine Baker, American dancer (1906-1975), Lili St. Cyr, American stripper (1918-1999), Tony Curtis, American actor (1925-2010), Allen Ginsberg, American poet (1926-1997), Marion Zimmer Bradley, American author (1930-1999) and Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player (1986).
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