Did you know that it was on this day in 1184 BC during the Trojan War that Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes? Or that it was on this day in 631 AD Emperor Taizong of Tang, the Emperor of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk in order to seek the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier? This embassy succeeded in freeing 80,000 Chinese men and women who were then returned to China.
And on this day in 1776 the Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence, in 1935 inventor Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States at Alpine, New Jersey, in 1936 the International Surrealist Exhibition opens in London, England, in 1962 Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin allegedly become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island and in 2008 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an historic official apology to Canada’s First Nations in regard to a residential school abuse in which children are isolated from their homes, families and cultures for a century.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are John Constable, English painter (1776-1837), Gene Wilder, American actor (1933), Hugh Laurie, English actor and comedian (1959) and Jean Alesi, French Formula One driver (1964).
Need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day? Why not look into the celebrations of Kamehameha Day, official state holiday of Hawaii, United States or Davis Day (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada)?
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