Today is an interesting day in history. Just a few facts it you will.
In 1415 – Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus were condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance. In 1626 Dutch explorer Peter Minuit arrived in New Netherland, which would be come Manhattan. Rhode Island became the first American to tell King George to shove off in 1776 when the tiniest colony renounced its allegiance to him. That horny little Emperor Napoleon started his life of solitude on the Island of Elba in 1814. And King Ferdinand VII of Espana signed the Decree of the 4th of May, which returned Spain to absolutism. The Battle of Chancellorsville ended with a Union retreat, but cost the Confederacy its greatest General, Stonewall Jackson in 1863. In 1871, The National Association, the first professional baseball league, opened its first season in good old Fort Wayne, Indiana. The shit hit the fan in 1886 when the Haymarket Square Riot started. The United States began construction on the Panama Canal in 1904, no one knew then that Jimmy Carter would give it UP years later. Also in 1904, Rolls met Royce! Gangland’s Al Capone began serving his eleven year sentence in Atlanta’s Federal Prison in 1932. In 1945, The North German Army surrender to Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery. And in 1953, Ernest Hemingway won the Pulitzer Price for The Old Man and The Sea. In 1957, Diane Elaine Mohler was born. Two years later, the 1st Grammys are held, no correlation, I’m sure. 1961 brought us the Freedom Riders and the American civil rights movement gained speed with their bus trip through the American South. The Kent State Shootings happened in 1970, my college plans changed. 1972 Greenpeace Foundation was born after changing its name from “The Don’t Make A Wave Committee”. 1979 – The Iron Lady, Margaret Thatcher, became the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and London got its first mayor in 2000, when Ken Livingstone was elected.
All in all, a pretty important day, don’t you think?
Oh, yeah, Happy Birthday!