Did you know that it was on this day in 1849 Denmark becomes a constitutional monarchy by the signing of a new constitution? Or that it was on this day in 1851 Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s anti-slavery serial, Uncle Tom’s Cabin or, Life Among the Lowly starts a ten-month run in the National Era abolitionist newspaper?
And on this day in 1883 the first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris, in 1956 Elvis Presley introduces his new single, “Hound Dog“, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalizing the audience with his suggestive hip movements, in 1964 DSV Alvin is commissioned, in 1967 the Six-Day War begins as the Israeli air force launches simultaneous pre-emptive attacks on the air forces of Egypt and Syria, in 1968 U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California by Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan. Kennedy dies the next day and in 1989 The Unknown Rebel halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Thomas Chippendale, English furniture maker (1718-1779), Adam Smith, Scottish economist (1723-1790), Pancho Villa, Mexican revolutionary (1878-1923), John Maynard Keynes, English economist (1883-1946), Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian shoemaker (d. 1960) and Federico García Lorca, Spanish poet, lyricist and dramatist (d. 1936) (both born in 1898), Ken Follett, Welsh author (1949), Kenny G, American saxophonist (1956) and Mark Wahlberg, American rapper and actor (1971).
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