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On this date

On this date May 29 the following things happened in History;

  • 1894 Josef Von Sternberg, Austrian film director whose films included The Blue Angel was born;
  • 1795 Virginia Assembly opposes Britains Stamp Act;
  • 1903 Bob Hope was born;
  • 1914 Canadian Pacific liner the Empress of Ireland is wrecked in the St Lawrence river drowning 1000 people;
  • 1917 John F Kennedy was born;
  • 1972 Presidents Nixon and Brezhnev sign the first arms reduction pact;
  • 1979 Abel Muzorewa become the first black prime minister of Rhodesia;
  • 1953 The team of Hillary and Tenzing crown Mount Everest the worlds highest peak reaching its peak in 4 days;
  • 1989 Boris Yeltsin is elected to the Supreme Soviet;
  • 2010 US Actor Dennis Hopper dies;
  • 1660 The Monarchy is restored in England with Charles II as king;
  • 1453 Constantinople falls to the Turkish Army;
  • 1985 Britain’s soccer hooligans went on the rampage at Heysel Stadium in Belgium causing a riot where 41 died;
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On this day

On this day May 28th the following events happened:

  • 1968 Kylie Minogue was born;
  • 1985 Cyclone hit Bangladesh;
  • 2014 Maya Angelou passed away;
  • 1871 Paris commune collapsed after two-month siege after encountering troops;
  • 1891 The first world weightlifting championships are held in London;
  • 1937 Alfred Adler the Austrian psychiatrist died;
  • 1940 The Belgium army surrenders to the Nazis;
  • 1908 Ian Fleming the James Bond Novelist is born;
  • 1972 The Duke of Windsor who abdicated his throne to marry American Divorcee Wallis Simpson dies in Paris;
  • 1932 The Dutch created the biggest Dam today claiming victory in the 800-year battle to push back the sea;
  • 1987 A west German teenager prank caused worldwide mirth today as seriously embarrassed Soviet Union Mathias Rust flew his light Cessna plane from Helsinki to Moscow;

On this Day Part 1

Every day I will try and post an on this day post. I got a book of cool facts and think I need to share.

So on this day (April 22nd) the following:

  • April 22 1500 : Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvarez Cabral discovers Brazil and claimed it for Portugal.
  • April 22 1889: Russian born Novelist Vladimir Nabokov was born.
  • April 22 1915: German soldiers used gas for the first time on the Western Front
  • April 22 1971: The death of Haiti’s hated leader Pappa Doc
  • April 22 1983: The £1 note was replaced with a £1 coin
  • April 22 1994: Richard Nixon dies
  • April 22 1838: The British steamer Sirius became the first steamer to sail between New York and Britain

Tune in tomorrow for the next installment.