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Post by Richard Frost » Fri Apr 30 2021 11:24am

30th April

International Jazz Day
International Jazz Day is an International Day declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2011 "to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe." It is celebrated annually on April 30. The idea came from jazz pianist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock. Jazz Day is chaired by Hancock and the UNESCO Director-General.

LAG B'OMER Jewish
The Omer lasts 49 days from Pesach to Shavuot. A time of sadness, it is relieved on the 33rd day. It recalls the end of a plague in Roman times. Weddings often take place on this day, since they are not usually permitted during the rest of the Omer period.

BELTAINE/MAY EVE Wiccan/ Pagan
BELTAINE Druid The wheel of the year continues to turn and fertile spring yields to the height of summer. Many pagans celebrate Beltaine by lighting fires and leaping over them, and/or with maypole dances, symbolizing the mystery of the Sacred Marriage of Goddess and God.

On this day in history

311 Roman Emperor Galerius issues Edict of Toleration, ending persercution of Christians in the Roman Empire
313 Licinius unifies the entire Eastern Roman Empire under his rule
711 Islamic conquest of Iberia: Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad land at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula (Al-Andalus)
1064 German King Henry IV gives away Utrecht county of West Friesland
1315 French chamberlain Enguerrand de Marigny is hanged on the public gallows at Montfaucon after being convicted of sorcery
1349 Jewish community of Radolfzell, Germany, exterminated
1396 Crusaders & Earl of Nevers depart from Dijon
1483 Orbital calculations suggest that on this day, Pluto moved inside Neptune's orbit until July 23, 1503
1492 Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to the New World
1492 Spain announces it will expel all Jews
1506 Philip of Burgundy & England sign trade agreement
1527 Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France sign the Treaty of Westminster, pledging to combine their forces against Holy Roman Emperor Charles V in attempt to win War of the League of Cognac
1562 1st French colonists in North America: Jean Ribault & colonists arrive in Florida
1563 Jews are expelled from France by order of Charles VI
1598 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy-Rio Grande)
1616 King James I of England leaves Brielle
1650 French rebel Henri de la Tour Turenne signs treaty with Spain
1661 Tsjeng Tsj'eng-Kung begins siege of Dutch fort Zeelandia, Formosa
1671 Petar Zrinski, the Croatian Ban from the Zrinski family, is executed.
1695 William Congreve's Restoration comedy "Love for Love" premieres in London
1722 Game of Billiards is mentioned in New England Courant
1725 Emperor Charles VI & King Philip IV of Spain sign Treaty of Vienna
1748 Ceasefire at Aken ends
1763 Member of Parliament and journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower of London, charged with seditious libel
1772 John Clais patents 1st scale
1774 Pope Clement XIV proclaims a universal jubilee for the second time
1789 George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America
1790 Colonial troops occupy Bonni's marroon village
1794 The Battle of Boulou is fought, in which French forces defeated the Spanish under General Union.
1798 US Department of the Navy forms
1803 Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of 15 million dollars, doubles the size of the USA
1804 The New Hague Theater opens in The Hague, the Netherlands
1808 1st practical typewriter finished by Italian Pellegrini Turri
1812 (Eastern) Louisiana admitted as 18th US state
1838 Nicaragua declares independence from Central American federation
1852 Anton Rubinstein's opera "Dmitri Donskoi" premieres in St Petersburg
1859 Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is first published in literary periodical "All the Year Round" (weekly installments until Nov 26)
1859 Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires
1860 Navaho indians attack Fort Defiance (Canby)
1861 US President Abraham Lincoln orders Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory (US Civil War)
1862 Swift Run Gap skirmishes in West Virginia
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia: In a major victory General Robert E. Lee's troops defeat larger Army of the Potomac under Major General Joseph Hooker, Stonewall Jackson is fatally wounded
1863 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces
1863 Mexican forces attacked the French Foreign Legion in Hacienda Camarón, Mexico.
1864 Battle of Jenkin's Ferry, Arkansas; General W R Scurry is killed
1869 Hawaiian YMCA organized
1871 The Camp Grant Massacre of Apaches in Arizona Territory, perpetrated by white & Mexican adventurers; 144 die
1885 Henry Lee Higginson starts the "Popular Music" series with the Boston Symphony, which evolves into the Boston Pops Orchestra 1900
1888 1888 Moradabad hailstorm: hail stones allegedly as big as oranges kill 246 people and some 1600 sheep and cattle in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh
1889 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington's inauguration
1897 English physicist and head of the Cavendish laboratory J. J. Thomson announces his discovery of the electron in a lecture to the Royal Institution
1898 Championship wrestling match at Met turns into a brawl
1900 The "Hawaiian Organic Act" is enacted by US Congress making Hawaii a US territory
1900 165 lb English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons KOs 305 lb American Ed Dunkhost in round 2 of a lop-sided bout in Brooklyn, New York
1900 Casey Jones dies heroically in a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in"Ballad of Casey Jones")
1902 Claude Debussy's only completed opera "Pelléas et Mélisande" premieres in Paris
1904 Ice cream cone makes its debut at St. Louis World's Fair invented by Ernest A. Hamwi (independently of other claimant Italo Marchiony in NY)
1905 First official soccer game between neighbouring countries Belgium-Netherlands; Dutch win, 4-1 at Olympic Stadium, Antwerp
1907 Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes an independent city.
1911 Portugal approves female suffrage
1916 Germany ratifies bill bringing in Daylight Saving Time - first country in the world
1918 Orange Nassau soccer team forms in Groningen
1920 The British Government ends military conscription
1921 Pope Benedict XV encyclical "On Dante"
1925 Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 million for charity
1927 Princess Juliana gets seat in Dutch Council of State
1928 Cherkess Autonomous Region forms in RSFSR (until 1957)
1929 Ernst Streeruwitz becomes Chancellor of Austria, lasts less than 5 months
1934 Austria gets "Austrian fascist" constitution
1935 World Congress for Women's Rights concludes in Istanbul
1937 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative
1938 The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End
1939 New York World's Fair opens
1939 Tropicana ballet of Havana, Cuba, forms
1940 Air New Zealand then known as TEAL makes its inaugural flight with a flight from Auckland to Sydney. Later becomes 1st airline in the world to boil hot water in-flight to offer customers hot tea and coffee.
1942 1st submarine built on Great Lakes launched, (Peto), Manitowoc, Wisconsin
1943 Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp for Jews forms
1943 Dutch strike against forced labor in Nazi Germany's war industry
1943 Noël Coward's play "This Happy Breed" premieres in London
1945 Concentration camp Munchen-Allag freed
1945 Lord Haw-Haw (William Joyce) calls for crusade against the Bolsheviks
1945 Red Army occupies Demmin
1945 Red Army opens attack on German Reichstag building in Berlin
1945 Soviet Army frees Ravensbruck concentration camp
1945 US troops attack the Elbe
1945 Record 48 U-boats sunk by the Allies this month
1945 Adolf Hitler commits suicide along with his new wife Eva Braun in the Fuhrerbunker in Berlin as the Red Army captures the city
1947 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover
1948 Org of American States charter signed at Bogota, Colombia
1948 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1952 Mr Potato Head is 1st toy advertised on television
1954 Darius Milhaud's 4th Concert for piano and orchestra premieres in Haifa, Israel
1955 Element atomic number 101, Mendelevium, announced
1955 Imperial Bank of India nationalized
1955 Cuban bandleader Pérez Prado's mambo version of "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White" goes #1 for 10 weeks
1955 West German unions protest for 40-hour work week & higher wages
1961 1st shuttle flights between Washington, D.C., Boston & NYC begin (Eastern)
1961 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 5th major title by 1 stroke from Patty Berg & Louise Suggs
1961 Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba receives Lenin-Peace Prize
1961 "Tossin' and Turnin'" single released by Bobby Lewis (Billboard Song of the Year, 1961)
1962 LPGA Titleholders Championship Women's Golf, Augusta CC: Mickey Wright wins her 8th major title in a playoff with Ruth Jessen
1962 NASA civilian pilot Joseph A. Walker takes X-15 to 75,190 m
1966 Anton LaVey founds the Church of Satan in San Francisco, California
1967 Ostankino Tower, the then highest free-standing structure in the world at 540m is finished in Moscow, Russia
1970 US troops invade Cambodia
1973 US President Nixon announces the resignation of H. R. Haldeman, Ehrlichman and others
1973 Paul McCartney releases "Red Rose Speedway" album, including the hit single "My Love"
1973 Women's tennis groups end disputes over sanctioning tournaments
1974 US President Richard Nixon hands over partial transcripts of Watergate tape recordings
1975 North Vietnamese troops capture Saigon, ending the Vietnam War
1976 Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 for heavyweight boxing title
1976 Royal Canadian Mint opens a branch in Winnipeg, Manitoba
1976 "Silly Love Songs" single released by Wings (Billboard Song of the Year, 1976)
1977 Wrestler "Superstar" Billy Graham beats Bruno Sammartino in Baltimore, to become WWF champion
1978 "Elvis: The Legend Lives!" closes at Palace NYC after 101 performances
1978 Film "The Stud" starring Joan Collins based on the book by her sister Jackie Collins is released
1980 "Barnum" opens at St James Theater NYC for 854 performances
1980 Ronald Harwood's play "The Dresser" premieres in London with Freddie Jones and Tom Courtenay
1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
1980 Juliana, Queen of the Netherlands, abdicates; Princess Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard becomes Queen
1981 16th Academy of Country Music Awards: Barbara Mandrell and George Jones win
1982 Alvaro Magana chosen to succeed Jose N Duarte as President of El Salvador
1982 Iranian offensive in Khusistan
1984 1,700 skiers participate in an alpine event at Are, Sweden
1985 France performs nuclear test at Mururoa atoll
1985 Last edition of Brink Daily Mail and Sunday Express in South Africa
1985 "Shoah", French documentary about the Holocaust, directed by Claude Lanzmann, starring Richard Glazar and Raul Hilberg, premieres in Paris
1986 Ashrita Furman performs 8,341 somersaults over 12 miles
1988 The then largest banana split ever, at 4.5 miles long, is made along Market Street in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania
1988 World Exposition, Expo 88 opens in Brisbane Australia
1988 33rd Eurovision Song Contest: Celine Dion for Switzerland wins singing "Ne partez pas sans moi" in Dublin
1989 Critics Siskel & Ebert film their 500th TV movie-review show
1989 Pope John Paul II beatifies Victoire Rasoamanarivo of Madagascar
1989 US beats Costa Rica 1-0, in 3rd round of 1990 world soccer cup
1989 World Wide Web (WWW) is first launched in the public domain by CERN scientist Tim Berners-Lee
1990 US hostage Frank Reed freed after 4 years in hands of pro-Iranians
1993 The World Wide Web source code is released by CERN, making the software freely available to all
1993 Virgin Radio broadcasts for the first time in the United Kingdom.
1994 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin
1995 "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" closes at Lyceum Theater NYC after 24 performances
1996 Dutch Itallian Beppo-SAX launches from Cape Canaveral
1996 US President Clinton approves the sale of $227 million of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve; US gas prices are at their highest levels in 5 years
1997 "London Assurance" opens at Criterion Theater NYC for 72 performances
1997 42 million watch Ellen DeGeneres publicly declare she is gay
1997 Big Ben stops at 12:11 PM for 54 minutes
1997 Tajik Prest Imomali Rakhmonov wounded in assassination attempt
1999 Cambodia joins the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bringing the total to 10
2001 The Mitchell Report on the Arab-Israeli conflict is published
2001 US Vice President Cheney calls for increased domestic production of fossil fuels and increased usage of nuclear power to meet America's energy demand
2002 A referendum in Pakistan overwhelmingly approves the Presidency of Pervez Musharraf for another five years
2004 U.S. media release graphic photos of American soldiers abusing and sexually humiliating Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison
2004 "Mean Girls", teen comedy film released starring Lindsay Lohan and written by Tina Fey
2008 Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia, were confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters
2008 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache
2009 Chrysler automobile company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
2009 Failed attack on the Dutch Royal Family results in 7 deaths and 17 injured
2009 The United Kingdom formally ends combat operations in Iraq
2012 The unfinished One World Trade Center overtakes the Empire State building to become the tallest building in New York
2012 Spain's economy double dips after a 0.3% contraction and 25% unemployment rate
2012 Overloaded ferry in the Brahmaputra River, India, killing 103 people
2012 Manchester City defeat Manchester United 1-0 in what is claimed to be the biggest match in the English Premier League's history
2013 13 people are killed after a bomb explodes in Damascus
2013 Willem-Alexander becomes the first male Monarch of Netherlands in 123 years, following the abdication of his mother, Queen Beatrix
2013 Apple offers the largest bond offering from a private company of 17 Billion
2013 Hannah Warren, who was born without a trachea, at 2, becomes the youngest patient to receive a stem cell bioengineered organ
2013 Bollywood actor Rajesh Khanna is declared "The First Superstar of Indian cinema" at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards
2014 Masked gunmen and pro-Russian separatists take control of more buildings in eastern Ukraine
2015 US senator Bernie Sanders announces he will seek the Democratic Party's nomination for President
2015 MESSENGER spacecraft is intentionally deorbited and destroyed
2018 Superhero film "Avengers: Infinity War" sets new record for an opening weekend earning $250 million in the US, $630 million worldwide
2018 New species of water beetle from Malaysian Borneo’s Maliau Basin named after actor Leonardo DiCaprio
2018 World's oldest known spider, a female trapdoor, dies after being killed by a wasp sting in Western Australia, aged 43
2018 Coordinated double suicide attack kills 36 in Kabul, Afghanistan, including nine journalists
2018 Etienne Terrus art museum in Elne, France, reveals half of its collection are fakes
2018 Sajid Javid is named UK Home Secretary by Prime Minister Teresa May
2018 Pakistani city of Nawabshah sets global record for an April temperature, recording high of 50.2C
2019 Japanese Emperor Akihito declares his abdication at a ceremony in Tokyo which officially takes effect the following day
2019 New type of dementia identified and named limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (Late) after misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease
2020 Russian Prime Minister Mikhail V. Mishustin says he has COVID-19
2020 South Korea has no new domestic cases of COVID-19 for 1st time, their virus cases peaked Feb 29
2020 British Captain Tom Moore, who raised more £30 million for the National Health Service walking in his garden, turns 100 and made an honorary colonel by the Queen
2020 Eurozone economy shrinks at -3.8% between Jan and Mar 2020, the fastest rate on record with Euro Bank President Christine Lagarde warning the 2nd quarter will be even worse
2020 UK PM Boris Johnson says Britain is past the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak
2020 US President Donald Trump claims COVID-19 originated in a lab in Wuhan, while the Office of the Director of National Intelligence saying the virus is not manmade

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What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Sat May 01 2021 10:48am

1st May

MAY DAY
On May 1st, May Day ushers in a traditional celebration of flowers and spring. In many ancient calendars, May 1st welcomed the first day of summer. This was truly a cause for celebration.

One of the more popular rituals was harvesting flowers and giving them to neighbours and strangers in cone-shaped baskets. These May Baskets become more commonly known as May Day Baskets. The current tradition is observed by hanging a cone-shaped basket full of flowers or other gifts on the outside doorknob, then knocking or ringing the doorbell and running away.

May Day has been a traditional day of celebration for centuries, with some of the earliest appearing in pre-Christian times. In English tradition, the observance is celebrated by crowning a May Queen and dancing around a maypole. The Finnish recognize a carnival-type celebration in the streets that includes a special type of lemonade made with lemons, brown sugar, and yeast. In France, it is correct to give people either dogwood or lily of the valley while Italians celebrate with a seasonal feast in honour of the arrival of spring.

On this day in history

305 Diocletian and Maximian retire from the office of Roman Emperor
1006 Supernova observed by Chinese and Egyptians in constellation Lupus
1048 Bishop Bernold flees St Pieterskerk for Utrecht, Netherlands
1328 Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton - the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.
1394 Ekiho exorcised the Zen temple and its surroundings of an old badger
1489 Christopher Columbus proposes his plan to search for a western route to India in an audience with Spanish monarch, Isabella I. Full support is granted 3 years later, in 1492
1523 Danish King Christian III arrives in Veere
1544 Turkish troops occupy Hungary
1551 Council of Trente resumes
1598 Jacob van Neck's merchant fleet departs for Java, modern day Indonesia
1625 Portuguese & Spanish expedition recaptures Salvador (Bahia)
1625 Prince Frederick Henry appointed viceroy of Holland
1682 Louis XIV & his court inaugurate Paris Observatory
1703 Battle at Rultusk: Swedish army beats Russians
1704 Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement
1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain
1711 Archduke Karel of Austria/Hungarian rebellion sign Peace of Szatmar
1715 Prussia declares war on Sweden
1725 Spain and Austria sign trade treaty
1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Carolus Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
1756 France and Austria sign alliance
1757 Austria and France divide Prussia
1759 British fleet occupies Guadeloupe, West Indies, capturing it from France
1776 Adam Weishaupt founds secret society of Illuminati
1777 RB Sheridan's "School for Scandal" premieres in London
1778 American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania.
1786 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera "Marriage of Figaro" premieres in Vienna with Mozart himself directing
1795 Kamehameha, King of Hawaiʻi defeats Kalanikupule and conquors island of Oʻahu at Battle of Nuʻuanu (approx. date)
1822 John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston
1834 Belgian parliament accepts railway laws
1840 "Penny Black", the world's first adhesive postage stamp issued by Great Britain
1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California
1844 Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate
1846 Ida Pfeiffer (48) begins trip around world
1848 The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
1850 John Geary becomes 1st mayor of San Francisco
1851 First public flushing toilets the 'Monkey Closets' unveiled by George Jennings as part of The Great Exhibition at Hyde Park, London, costing one penny
1851 Great Exhibition opens in the Crystal Palace, at Hyde Park, London
1852 The Philippine peso is introduced into circulation
1852 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm publish the first part of their German Dictionary (fully completed 1961)
1853 Argentina adopts its constitution
1854 Amsterdam begins transferring drinking water out of the dunes
1857 William Walker, conqueror of Nicaragua, surrenders to US Navy
1861 Lee orders Confederate troops under T J Jackson to Harper's Ferry
1862 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans (US Civil War)
1863 Hospital for the Ruptured and Crippled first opens its doors in New York City, oldest orthopaedic hospital in the United States
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia, 29,000 injured or died
1863 Battle of Port Gibson, Mississippi
1863 Confederate "National Flag" replaces "Stars & Bars"
1863 Confederate congress passes resolution to kill black soldiers
1864 -8] Battle at Alexandria, Louisiana (Red River Campaign)
1864 Atlanta campaign, Georgia begins
1866 American Equal Rights Association forms
1867 Howard University chartered
1867 Reconstruction of South begins, black voter registration
1869 Folies Bergère opens in Paris
1873 1st US postal card issued
1873 Emperor Franz Joseph opens 5th World's Exposition in Vienna
1875 238 members of "Whiskey Ring" accused of anti-US activities
1875 Alexandra Palace, London, reopens after being burnt down in 1873
1883 Amsterdam World's Fair opens
1884 Construction begins on Chicago's 1st skyscraper (10 stories)
1884 Proclamation of the demand for eight-hour workday in the United States.
1885 Maria "Goeie Mie" Swanenburg sentence to life for killing 27 in Netherlands
1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins
1889 2nd International Congress calls for 1st International Workers Day 1st May 1890 to mark protests in Chicago in 1886
1892 US Quarantine Station opens on Angel Island, San Francisco Bay
1893 World Columbian Exposition opens in Chicago
1896 Seven days after parliament was dissolved, Charles Tupper is sworn in as the 6th Prime Minister of Canada
1898 US Admiral George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US rout Spanish fleet at Manila
1900 Premature blast collapses mine tunnel killing 200 at Scofield, Utah
1901 Pan-American Exposition opens in Buffalo
1903 King Edward VII visits Paris, where he is feted in a first step toward improving Anglo-French relations, culminating in the signing of the Entente Cordiale on 8 April, 1904
1907 Belgium government of De Trooz forms
1907 Indian Mine Laws passes (concessions from Neth-Indies)
1908 World's most intense shower (2.47" in 3 minutes) at Portobelo, Panama
1909 Netherlands begins unity with Belgium
1912 Beverly Hills Hotel opens
1913 Longacre Theater opens at 220 W 48th St NYC
1914 China's 1st president Yuan Shikai wins dictatorial qualification
1915 British liner Lusitania leaves NY for Liverpool
1915 German submarine torpedoes US tanker Gulflight
1919 Mount Kelud (Indonesia) erupts, boiling crater lake which broke through crater wall killing 5,000 people in 104 small villages
1919 "L'Ordine Nuovo" Italian socialist weekly newspaper established in Turin by Antonio Gramsci, Angelo Tasca and Palmiro Togliatti
1919 British naval officer David Beatty is promoted to Admiral of the Fleet
1920 Roermond Football Club (1936 KNVB Cup) is established in Netherlands
1920 Belgium-Luxembourg toll tunnel opens
1921 Drusian sultan Pasja al-Atrasj elected governor of Suwayda
1923 Adolf Hitler and Ernst Rohm attempt to break up socialist May Day demonstrates, inviting Nazis from as far away as Nuremberg to take part in the violence
1924 Admiral Paul Koundouriotis becomes President of Greece
1925 Cyprus becomes a British Crown Colony
1926 British coal miners go on strike
1927 1st British airliner to serve cooked meals (Imperial Airways)
1928 6 children die and 10 injured by hailstones in Klausenburg, Romania
1928 Drunken fascist Erich Wichman attacks VARA-radio transmitter
1928 Lei Day begun (a Hawaiian celebration)
1928 Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service
1928 Rotterdam soccer club Black White '28 is established (2000 Women's KNVB Cup); declared bankrupt 2004
1929 Farm workers strike begins in East-Groningen
1929 Police kill 19 Mayday demonstrators in Berlin
1930 The planet Pluto is officially named by 11 year-old Venetia Burney
1930 Cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 236 for Australia v Worcestershire in his first 1st class innings in England
1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City
1931 Norway claims Peter I Island
1932 1st Suriname union congress at Paramaribo
1934 Austria signs pact with Vatican
1934 Philippine legislature accepts US proposal for independence
1934 Water state kingdom dismisses NSB-leader Anton Mussert
1935 Canada's 1st silver dollar is circulated
1936 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie leaves Ethiopia as Italy invades
1936 FBI's J. Edgar Hoover arrests gangster Alvin "Creepy" Karpis
1937 US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Neutrality Act, banning travel on belligerent ships and imposes an arms embargo on warring nations
1939 Batman first appears in Detective Comics #27
1939 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Yearling)
1940 140 Palestinian Jews die as German planes bomb their ship
1940 Summer Olympics (scheduled for Helsinki) are cancelled by the Finnish OC because of WWII
1941 "Citizen Kane", directed by Orson Welles and starring himself, Joseph Cotten and Dorothy Corningore, premieres at the Palace Theater in New York City
1941 General Mills introduces CheeriOats (renamed Cheerios in 1945) an oat-based, ready-to-eat cold cereal
1941 German assault on Tobruk
1941 US savings bonds go on sale to help finance the war effort
1942 Radio Orange calls to defy order to wear "Jewish star"
1943 1st edition of illegal "The Free Artist" appears in Amsterdam
1943 69th Kentucky Derby: Johnny Longden wins aboard heavy favourite Count Fleet in the 'street car Derby'
1943 Food rationing begins in the United States during World War II
1943 German Wehrmacht deployed in order to break Dutch strikes
1943 German plane sinks the British ship SS Erinpura in the Mediterranean with the loss of 799 lives
1943 SS General Hanns Albin Rauter announces that all Jews will be 'removed' from the occupied Netherlands
1944 Messerschmitt Me 262 Sturmvogel, 1st jet bomber, makes 1st flight
1944 Pulitzer prize awarded to American Martin Flavin for his novel "Journey in the Dark"
1944 Surprise attack on Weteringschans Amsterdam, fails
1945 About 1,000 citizens of Demmin in Germany, commit suicide provoked by occupation by Soviet Red Army
1945 Admiral Karl Doenitz forms German government
1945 Australian & Dutch troops land on Tarakan
1945 General Belgian Labor Union (ABVV) party forms
1945 Radio Budapest, Hungary re-enters shortwave broadcasting after WW II
1945 Seys-Inquart flees to Flensburg
1945 Soviet army reaches Rostock
1946 Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery appointed British supreme commander
1946 Mrs Emma Clarissa Clement named "American Mother of Year"
1946 Start of 3 year Pilbara strike of Indigenous Australians.
1946 The Paris Peace Conference concludes that the islands of the Dodecanese should be returned to Greece by Italy
1947 Lt General Hoyt S Vandenberg, USA, ends term as 2nd head of CIA
1947 Radar for commercial & private planes 1st demonstrated
1947 Rear Admiral Roscoe H Hillenkoetter, USN, becomes 3rd director of CIA
1948 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey
1948 North Korea proclaims itself Democratic People's Republic of Korea
1948 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Auspicia quaedam
1948 Glenn Taylor, Idaho Senator, arrested in Birmingham, Alabama, for trying to enter a meeting through a door marked "for Negroes"
1949 Gerard Kuiper discovers Nereid, (2nd satellite of Neptune)
1950 Gwendolyn Brooks is 1st African American awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry
1950 Mayor of Brussels reluctantly bans May Day parade
1950 New marriage laws enforced in People's Republic of China
1950 Pulitzer prize awarded to Rodgers & Hammerstein for musical "South Pacific"
1951 600,000 march for peace & freedom in Germany
1951 Dutch Reformed Church introduces new church choir
1952 US Marines take part in an atomic explosion training in Nevada
1952 Mr Potato Head introduced
1952 TWA introduces tourist class
1954 80th Kentucky Derby: Raymond York wins aboard Determine, his only Derby success
1954 Bishops publish Mandement (member socialist org forbidden)
1954 HSA-UWC Forms (Unification Church) (Moonies)
1954 Preston North End defender Joe Marston becomes the first Australian to play in an FA Cup Final, a 3-2 loss to WBA
1955 American golfer Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins the Peach Blossom LPGA Tournament in Spartanburg, South Carolina, her final victory before her death the following year
1956 A doctor in Japan reports an "epidemic of an unknown disease of the central nervous system", marking the official discovery of Minamata disease
1957 Flevo Boys Football Club is established in Emmeloord, the Netherlands
1957 US gives Poland credit of $95 million
1957 Vanguard TV-1 booster test reaches 195 km
1958 Ambonese rebellion bombs Ambon, conquers Morotai
1958 Arturo Frondizi sworn in as President of Argentina
1959 Floyd Patterson scores 11th round KO of Englishman Brian London in Indianapolis; his 4th World
1959 West Germany introduces 5 day work week
1960 India's Bombay state split into Gujarat & Maharashtra states
1960 Russia shoots down Francis Gary Powers' U-2 spy plane over Sverdlovsk
1960 7th National Film Awards (India): "Apur Sansar" wins the Golden Lotus
1961 1st US airplane hijacked to Cuba
1961 Fidel Castro announces there will be no more elections in Cuba
1961 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harper Lee for her novel "To Kill a Mockingbird"
1961 Tanganyika granted full internal self-government by Britain
1962 1st French underground nuclear experiment in the Sahara
1962 France performs underground nuclear test at Ecker Algeria
1962 JFK authorizes Area Redevelopment Act (ARA)
1963 1st American (James Whittaker) conquers Mount Everest
1963 Indonesia takes control of Irian Jaya (west New Guinea) from Neth
1963 First one-day cricket competition is played (Gillette Cup); Lancashire beats Leicestershire by 101 at Old Trafford
1963 Gloria Steinem's expose on Playboy bunny working conditions published in "Show" magazine
1964 1st BASIC program runs on a computer (Dartmouth)
1965 91st Kentucky Derby: Bill Shoemaker wins aboard Lucky Debonair, the third of his 4 Derby victories
1965 USSR launches Luna 5; later impacts on Moon
1965 Battle of Dong-Yin, a naval conflict between ROC and PRC, takes place.
1966 Last British concert by Beatles (Empire Pool in Wembley)
1966 US troops shooting targets in Cambodia
1967 Anastasio Somoza Debayle becomes President of Nicaragua
1967 Jelle Zijlstra becomes president of Netherlands Bank
1967 Pulitzer prize awarded to Bernard Malamud (Fixer)
1969 43 Unification church couples wed in NYC
1969 Pirate Radio Station 259 (England/France) begins transmitting
1969 James Chichester-Clark is elected as leader of the Unionist party, succeededing Terence O'Neill as the Northern Ireland Prime Minister
1971 97th Kentucky Derby: Gustavo Ávila wins aboard Canonero II (wins Preakness May 15)
1971 Amtrak Railroad begins operation
1971 Rolling Stones release "Brown Sugar"
1972 North Vietnamese troops occupy Quang Tri Activities Committee
1972 Pulitzer prize awarded to Wallace Stegner (Angle of Repose)
1972 Radio's Mutual Black Network premieres
1976 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr.wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
1976 Empress Lilly, replica of a paddle steamer, dedicated at Walt Disney World, Florida
1977 French runner Chantal Langlacé sets female world marathon record (2:35:15.4) in Oyarzun, Spain
1977 American golfer Debbie Austin wins the Birmingham Classic, the first of 5 LPGA Tour victories in a 4-month span
1977 36 people are killed in Taksim Square, Istanbul, during the Labour Day celebrations.
1977 American golfer Gene Littler wins the Houston Open, his 29th and final PGA title
1978 1st African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest Nathan Morial, inaugurated
1978 Naomi Uemura became 1st to reach North Pole overland alone
1978 Jackie Chan's breakthrough film "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" directed by Yuen Woo-ping, is released in Hong Kong
1979 Elton John becomes 1st pop star to perform in Israel
1979 Home rule introduced to Kalaallit Nunaat (Greenland)
1979 Marshall Islands (in Pacific) become self-governing
1980 15th Academy of Country Music Awards: Larry Gatlin and Crystal Gayle win
1980 Amer Book Award: William Styron (Sophie Choice)/T Wolfe (Right Stuff)
1981 Tennis player Billie Jean King acknowledges a lesbian relationship with Marilyn Barnett - becoming first prominent sportswoman to come out
1981 Harrison Williams (Sen-D-NJ) convicted on FBI Abscam charges
1981 Radio Shack releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3
1982 108th Kentucky Derby: Ed Delahoussaye wins aboard Gato Del Sol, the first of consecutive Derby victories (1983 Sunny's Halo)
1982 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville Tennessee opens
1984 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1984 Mick Fleetwood (of Fleetwood Mac) files for bankruptcy
1984 Danielle Steel’s romance novel “Full Circle” is published
1985 "Communist" bomb attack kills 2 firemen in Brussels
1985 US President Reagan ends embargo against Nicaragua
1985 William Hoffman's "As Is" premieres in NYC
1986 Russian news agency Tass reports Chernobyl nuclear power plant mishap
1986 Will Stegers expedition reaches North Pole
1987 Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish born nun
1988 Two IRA attacks in and near Roermond, Netherlands, kills 3 British servicemen and wounds 3 more
1989 135 acre Disney's MGM studio theme park officially opens to public in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
1989 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
1989 Price Waterhouse v. Hopkins: US Supreme Court rules employers have legal burden to prove non- discriminatory reasons for not hiring or promoting
1991 Angolan civil war ends
1991 West Indian batsman Gordon Greenidge plays his last Test cricket innings, scoring 43 vs Australia in Antigua; 7,558 runs @ 44.72; 19 x 100s
1991 Skin-Spit-Skin featuring lesbian, homosexual & hetrosexual nude couples caressing, is seen by 5,000 in NYC
1992 Eric Houston kills 4 in a California HS where he failed history 4 yrs prior
1992 Danielle Steel’s historical romance novel “Jewels” is published
1993 119th Kentucky Derby: Jerry Bailey wins aboard Sea Hero, the first of 2 Derby victories (1996 on Grindstone)
1993 Bomb attack on Sri Lankan president (26 die)
1994 "My Fair Lady" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 165 performances
1994 "Rise & Fall of Little Voice" opens at Neil Simon NYC for 9 performances
1994 -3] Tornado & hail storms hit Jiangxi China, 95 killed
1994 Three-time World Formula 1 Drivers champion Ayrton Senna of Brazil is killed in a 309 kmh crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola in Italy
1995 "On the Waterfront" opens at Atkinson Theater NYC for 8 performances
1995 Future Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh scores career best 200 including 231 partnership with brother Mark (126) in 4th Test win over West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica
1995 Croatian forces launch Operation Flash during the Croatian War of Independence.
1995 "Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)" single released by John Michael Montgomery (Billboard Song of the Year 1995)
1996 "Ideal Husband" opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 308 performances
1997 Tony Blair elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1997 Tasmania becomes the last state in Australia to decriminalize homosexuality
1999 125th Kentucky Derby: Chris Antley wins aboard Charismatic for his second Derby victory (1991 on Strike The Gold)
1999 Animated series "SpongeBob SquarePants", created by Stephen Hillenburg, debuts on Nickelodeon
2000 President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo declares existence of "a state of rebellion", after thousands of supporters of her arrested predecessor, Joseph Estrada, storm towards the presidential palace at height of EDSA III rebellion
2000 "Gladiator" directed by Ridley Scott and starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix premieres in LA (Best Picture 2001)
2000 Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli sings for Pope John Paul II in Rome
2003 In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" on board the USS Abraham Lincoln off the coast of California
2004 Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, celebrated at the residence of the Irish President in Dublin.
2004 130th Kentucky Derby: Stewart Elliott wins aboard Smarty Jones. North American wagering records smashed ($142m on 12-race card)
2006 The Puerto Rican government closes the Department of Education and 42 other government agencies due to significant shortages in cash flow.
2007 The Los Angeles May Day mêlée occurs, in which the Los Angeles Police Department's response to a May Day pro-immigration rally become a matter of controversy.
2007 British model Kate Moss launches a clothing line with chain Topshop
2007 Christopher Hitchens publishes his bestseller "God is not Great" making a case against organized religion
2008 The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
2009 Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden
2009 Carol Ann Duffy is appointed British Poet Laureate - first Scot and woman Laureate
2009 Chanda Kochhar takes over from K. V. Kamath as CEO and Managing Director of ICICI Bank
2010 Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, New York City
2010 136th Kentucky Derby: Calvin Borel wins aboard Super Saver, his third Derby success in 4 years
2010 Canadian singer Bryan Adams is given the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for his 30 years of contributions to the arts
2011 Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI
2012 China and Russia sign $15 billion dollar trade deal
2013 Insurgents kill 6 people in Pattani, Thailand
2013 15 people are killed by multiple bomb attacks across Iraq
2013 16 people are killed in a flash flood in Saudi Arabia
2013 A digital camera is created that can mimic insect compound eyes
2014 Hundreds march through Nigerian capital calling for the release of schoolgirls abducted by Islamic militants, Boko Haram, who oppose Western education
2015 Expo 2015 opens in Milan (thru till 31st October)
2017 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Englishman Mark Selby defends title beating John Higgins of Scotland, 18-15; his third world crown
2017 Musican Billy Corgan agrees to purchase the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA)
2018 Liverpool's Egyptian soccer forward Mohamed Salah becomes the first African to be named England Football Writers' Footballer of the Year.
2018 Chinese authorities label British cartoon "Peppa Pig" subversive and it is removed from the Douyin video website
2018 Violent May Day protests in Paris by far-left Black Blocs group result in 200 arrests
2018 Scotland is the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol
2019 UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson fired over leaking information about Huawei deal from a UK National Security Council meeting by Theresa May
2019 Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn marries for the fourth time to Suthida Tidjai, deputy head of his bodyguard, days before his coronation
2019 Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated due to ill health
2019 Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange sentenced to 50 weeks in jail for breaching his bail conditions in London
2019 New York City officially names a street Sesame Street at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway in honor of the show's 50th anniversary
2019 Two-time South African Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya loses appeal against proposed rules to limit her testosterone levels; medically reducing levels the only way to continue competition
2019 Evidence revealed that early humans from ancient Denisovan species lived at high altitudes in Tibet 160,000 years ago
2019 US Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, defending his handling of the Mueller Report
2019 Argentine forward Lionel Messi scores twice for his 600th goal for FC Barcelona in a 3-0 home win over Liverpool in a Champions League semi final
2020 Prison riot leaves more than 40 dead and many injured at Los Llanos jail, near Guanare city, Venezuela
2020 Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announces ban on 1,500 types of assault-style weapons in response to recent Nova Scotia shooting
2020 Tweets by Elon Musk saying Tesla's share price is too high wipe $14 billion off the carmaker's value
2020 Armed protesters against stay-at-home-orders gather at the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, as Governor Gretchen Whitmer reinstates State of Emergency

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Post by Richard Frost » Sun May 02 2021 9:11am

2nd May

World Tuna Day
World Tuna Day is an official United Nations observance instituted in 2016. It is observed on May 2. World Tuna Day is designed to raise awareness of the importance of sustainably managed tuna stocks. A tuna is a saltwater fish whose meat is known for its thickness and high protein content and is widely regarded as a delicacy in many areas.

PASCHA/EASTER Christian (Orthodox)/ Rastafarian
Easter Day, the most important festival of the Christian year, is when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. A vigil is kept during the preceding night and the resurrection is greeted with the lighting of candles and the glad affirmation, ‘Christ is risen’.

On this day in history

1194 King Richard I (The Lionheart) gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter
1230 William de Braose, 10th Baron Abergavenny is hanged by Prince Llywelyn the Great
1335 Otto the Merry, Duke of Austria, becomes Duke of Carinthia
1345 "Quaden Maendach" in Ghent: battles between fullers & weavers
1497 John Cabot's expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across the Atlantic
1526 German evangelical monarchy joins Schmalkaldic League
1536 Anne Boleyn is arrested and taken to the Tower of London
1595 King Philip II names Albrecht of Austria land guardian of Netherlands
1598 France & Spain sign Peace of Vervins
1668 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, 1st peace of Aachen: ends War of Devolution, French-Spanish war in The Netherlands
1670 King Charles II gives royal charter to the Hudson's Bay Company
1672 John Maitland becomes Duke of Lauderdale and Earl of March.
1703 Portugal signs treaty with England to become a Great Covenant
1749 Empress Maria Theresa signs "Haugwitzschen State reform"
1750 Carlo Goldoni's "La Botega di Caffè" premieres in Mantua
1776 France & Spain agreed to give weapons to American rebels
1780 William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris
1783 Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant is promoted by brevet to Major of Engineers in recognition of his service to American liberty
1808 Uprising against French occupation begins in Madrid
1809 Dartmoor Prison in England opens to house French prisoners of war
1824 Goethe visits Ettersberg (Buchenwald)
1829 After anchoring nearby, Captain Charles Fremantle of HMS Challenger, declares the Swan River Colony in Australia
1833 Russian Tsar Nicolas I bans public sale of serfs
1845 Argentinian Domingo Sarmiento publishes his anti-tyranny work "Facundo Civilización y Barbarie"
1853 Franconi's Hippodrome opens in New York City
1863 South defeats North in Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia
1863 Stonewall Jackson attacking Chancellorsville is wounded by his own men
1865 US President Andrew Johnson offers $100,000 reward for capture of Jefferson Davis
1866 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao
1869 The Folies Trévise (later cabaret hall Folies Bergère) opens as an opera house in Paris
1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria
1878 US stops minting 20 cent coin
1885 "Good Housekeeping" magazine is 1st published
1885 Congo Free State formed by King Leopold II of Belgium
1887 Composer Gioachino Rossini's corpse transferred to Santa Croce, Florence
1887 Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film (used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope)
1889 Abyssinian Emperor Menelik II and Italy sign Treaty of Wichale
1900 George Bernard Shaw's "You Never Can Tell" premieres in London
1905 French newspapers publish lists of Jules Verne's unpublished work
1906 Tsar Nicolas II of Russia dismisses his moderate Prime Minister Witte and appoints Ivan Goremykin, a conservative bureaucrat
1907 Jules baron de Trooz forms Belgian government
1911 French troops occupy Fès El Bali, Morocco
1916 US President Woodrow Wilson signs Harrison Drug Act
1918 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1921 Start of 3rd anti-German revolt in Upper Silesia
1924 Netherlands refuses to recognize USSR
1926 US military intervenes in Nicaragua
1927 International Economic Conference (52 countries including USSR) opens
1927 Pulitzer prize awarded to Louis Bromfield (Early Autumn)
1927 U.S. Supreme Court's "Buck v. Bell", permits forced sterilizations of various "unfits" by states' authorities where such surgeries are practiced for eugenic reasons
1929 Jazz Musician Billie Holiday (14) and her mother are arrested for prostitution following a raid of a brothel in Harlem
1932 Pulitzer prize awarded to Pearl S Buck (Good Earth)
1933 In Germany, Adolf Hitler bans trade unions
1934 Nazi Germany begins People's Court
1936 Sergei Prokofiev's musical "Peter and the Wolf" premieres in Moscow
1936 Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie and family flee Abyssinia
1938 American singer Ella Fitzgerald records "A-Tisket, A-Tasket" with Chick Webb and His Orchestra
1938 Pulitzer prize awarded to Thornton Wilder for his play "Our Town"
1941 Nazi occupied Netherlands lays off Jewish journalists
1942 Japanese troops occupy Mandalay, Burma
1943 German troops vacate Jefna, Tunisia
1945 Allies occupy Wismar, Northern Germany
1945 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina & Princess Juliana reach Gilze-Rijen
1945 More than 1,000,000 German soldiers officially surrender to the Western Allies in Italy and Austria
1945 World War II: Battle of Berlin ends as Soviet army takes Berlin and General Weidling surrenders
1945 Yugoslav troops occupy Trieste, Italy
1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates
1946 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released
1949 Arthur Miller wins Pulitzer Prize for "Death of a Salesman"
1949 Bolivian state of siege proclaimed
1950 Dutch 1st Chamber accept Laws on immigration
1950 Dutch PM Malan recognizes South-Africa but not People's Republic of China
1952 1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet
1952 Operations begin at United Suriname Workers of Netherlands which flew from London to Johannesburg carrying 36 passengers
1953 Feisal II installed as King of Iraq
1953 Hussein I installed as King of Jordan
1955 India proposal to discrimination against Dalits or "Untouchables" punishable
1955 Pulitzer prize awarded Tennessee Williams for (Cat on Hot Tin Roof)
1956 US Lab detects high-temperature microwave radiation from Venus
1956 US Methodist church disallows racial separation
1957 Gangster Frank Costello escapes an assassination attempt made by rival mobsters
1960 Pulitzer prize awarded to Al Drury (Advice & Consent)
1960 American Senate House investigating committee, looking into payola questions
1962 OAS strikes in Algeria
1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1962 European Cup Final, Amsterdam: Eusébio scores twice as defending champions Benfica beat Real Madrid, 5-3; Puskás, hits all 3 for Madrid
1963 Children's crusade begins in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 600 African American school children arrested for marching against segregation, organised by James Bevel and the SCLC
1964 Beatles' "Beatles' 2nd Album" goes #1 & stays #1 for 5 weeks
1964 Mad Dog Vachon beats Verne Gagne in Omaha, to become NWA champ
1964 First ascent of Shishapangma the fourteenth highest mountain in the world and lowest of the Eight-thousanders
1965 Early Bird satellite goes into commercial service
1966 Pulitzer prize awarded Arthur M Schlesinger Jr (Thousand Days)
1968 1st performance of Roger Sessions' 8th Symphony
1968 Gold reaches then record high ($39.35 per ounce) in London
1968 Israeli television begins transmitting
1969 British liner Queen Elizabeth II leaves Southampton on maiden voyage to NY
1972 126 killed in an electrical fire in Sunshine Silver mine, Kellogg, Idaho
1972 Lt General Vernon A Walters, USA, becomes deputy director of CIA
1972 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Former US Vice President Spiro Agnew disbarred
1974 Six Catholic civilians killed and eighteen wounded when the UVF explode a bomb at Rose & Crown Bar on Ormeau Road, Belfast
1975 Apple records closes down
1977 "The King & I" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 719 performances
1979 -May 10] Vivekananda (Sri Lanka) begins nonstop ride, cycling 187 hrs, 28 min, around Vihara Maha Devi Park, Colombo, Sri Lanka
1979 14th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Barbara Mandrell win
1980 Joseph Doherty & 3 other IRA men arrested for murder
1980 Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in Wall (Part II)" is banned in South Africa
1980 Pope John Paul II begins African tour
1980 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1981 Radio Shack re-releases Model III TRSDOS 1.3 with 2 fixes
1982 Falklands War: Argentine cruiser General Belgrano sunk by British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men
1983 6.7 earthquake injures 487 in Coalinga, California
1984 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1985 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1986 Transportation Expo 86 opens in Vancouver, BC
1988 Painter, Jackson Pollock's "Search" sold for $4,800,000
1989 "Killin' Time" debut album by Clint Black is released (Billboard Album of the Year, 1990)
1990 "Some Americans Abroad" opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 62 performances
1990 South Africa & African National Congress open talks to end apartheid
1991 Pope John Paul II's encyclical on Centesimus annus
1992 "High Rollers Social & Pleasure Club" opens at H Hayes NYC 14 performances
1992 Yugoslav Army seizes Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic
1993 "5 Guys Named Moe" closes at Eugene O'Neill Theater NYC after 445 performances
1993 "Candida" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
1993 Lanford Wilson's play "Redwood Curtain" closes at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC after 40 performances
1993 "Tango Passion" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 5 performances
1994 Bus crashes into a tree at Gdańsk Poland, 32 killed
1994 Dr Kervokian found innocent on assisting suicides
1994 Michael Bolton found to have plagurized Isley Bros "Love is Wonderful Thing"
1995 "Hamlet" opens at Belasco Theater NYC for 121 performances
1995 Expos bat out of order against Mets in 6th inning
1995 Serbian missiles exploded in the heart of Zagreb, killing six
1997 Mercury Mail announces its 1 millionth internet subscriber
1997 Police arrest transsexual prostitute Atisone Seiuli with Actor Eddie Murphy
1997 Republic of Texas security chief Robert Scheidt surrenders
1997 "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery", starring Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley, is released
1998 Battle of Hogwarts: fictional battle that ended the Second Wizarding War with the death of Lord Voldemort at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
1999 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama
2000 Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands unveils the Man With Two Hats monument in Apeldoorn and the other in Ottawa on May 11, 2000. Symbolically linking both Netherlands and Canada for their assistance throughout World War II.
2000 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military
2002 Marad massacre of eight Hindus near Palakkad in Kerala
2004 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria
2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless
2008 First film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe released "Iron Man" directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark
2011 Osama bin Laden, the suspected mastermind behind the September 11 attacks and the FBI's most wanted man is killed by US special forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan
2011 The 2011 E. coli O104:H4 outbreak strikes Europe, mostly in Germany, leaving more than 30 people dead and many others sick from the bacteria outbreak.
2011 American Rapper, Flavor Flav is arrested on four outstanding misdemeanor warrants for various driving offenses
2012 A pastel version of "The Scream", by Norwegian painter Edvard Munch sells at auction for $119,922,500
2012 Barcelona football player Lionel Messi breaks the European goal-scoring record with 68 goals
2013 14 members of the Sons of Iraq are killed in attacks in Fallujah, Iraq
2013 100 people are killed by the Syrian Army in a raid on al-Bayda, Baniyas
2013 60 miners are killed after a gold mine collapses in Jebel Amir, North Darfur, Sudan
2013 Rhode Island becomes the tenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage
2014 The Kiev regime launch a raid against pro-Russian forces, who respond by shooting down two helicopters
2015 Toulon win the 2015 European Rugby Champions Cup final at Twickenham
2015 Celtic wins the 2014–15 Scottish Premiership
2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. beats Manny Pacquiao on points in 12 rounds in world welterweight unification fight, shatters all financial records for a boxing match
2016 Leicester City win the English Premier League title after starting the season at 5,000-1 odds
2016 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Mark Selby of England beats China's Ding Junhui, 18-14 for his second world crown
2018 E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, reports the first fatality with 121 cases across 25 US states
2018 Rapper, Kanye West widely criticized for saying "slavery is a choice" in TMZ interview
2018 Indian city of Kanpur declared world's most polluted city by WHO with 14 other Indian cities in the top 20
2018 Armenian opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan asks widespread protests to halt after ruling Republican party said it would support his bid to be Prime Minister
2018 Spanish Basque separatist group Eta announces it will be formally disbanding after 50 years
2018 Date for first humans or hominins in the Philippines pushed back ten-fold after report of site on Luzon with butchered rhinoceros 709,000 years ago
2018 New research shows plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in study on corn published in journal "Plos One"
2018 Iowa passes US's strictest abortion ban, based on a fetal heartbeat
2019 Drone delivers a kidney for transplant surgery in Baltimore, Maryland, for the first time
2019 The cast of "The Big Bang Theory" are the first TV actors to be immortalized in cement outside Hollywood's Chinese theater in Los Angeles
2019 Facebook bans Alex Jones (InfoWars), Milo Yiannopoulos (ex-Breitbart), Louis Farrakhan (Nation of Islam), Paul Nehlen and Laura Loomer for hate speech
2019 US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi accuses Attorney General William Barr of lying to Congress over the Mueller Report
2019 Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci from Queen Elizabeth's collection revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death
2019 A clean-up on Mt Everest has removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks
2019 For the first time all major US pageants won by black women after Cheslie Kryst wins Miss USA. joining Nia Franklin Miss America and Kaliegh Garris Miss Teen USA
2020 Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones, sets a world deadlifting record by lifting 501kg (1,104lb)

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Post by Richard Frost » Mon May 03 2021 9:45am

3rd May

World Press Freedom Day
World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.

MELANOMA MONDAY
Melanoma Monday on the first Monday in May is an awareness campaign during National Melanoma Month.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and it is the deadliest of skin cancers. The observance focuses on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings. By providing resources and information, it’s hoped to reduce the number of melanoma diagnosed.

While melanoma and other skin cancers aren’t 100% preventable, there are ways to reduce your risk.

Wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day, too.
Other types of sun protection include wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long sleeves, and pants. And don’t forget the back of your neck.
Find shade. Trees, umbrellas, and awnings provide excellent sun protection on warm sunny days.
Don’t let the clouds fool you. UV rays still reach the Earth and your skin on a cloudy day!
Avoid tanning beds. The UV light in tanning beds puts you at risk for melanoma, too.
Regularly check your skin for abnormal moles. If you notice changes, see your GP to have it checked.

On this day in history

1374 BC Solar eclipse (2m 07s) seen at Ugarit by Mesopotamian astronomers "On the day of the new moon, in the month of Hiyar, the Sun was put to shame, and went down in the daytime, with Mars in attendance."
1294 John II becomes Duke of Brabant and Limburg
1342 Count Hartmann II becomes ruler of Vaduz (Liechtenstein)
1382 Battle of Beverhoutsveld near Bruges in modern-day Belgium - the army of Ghent beats a drunken Bruges militia
1491 Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries, adopting the baptismal name of João I
1512 Pope Julius II (The Warrior Pope) opens 5th Council of Lateran at St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome
1558 Ferdinand I officially appointed Holy Roman Emperor after his brother Charles abdicated in 1556
1616 Treaty of Loudun ends French civil war
1621 Statesman/Philosopher Francis Bacon accused of bribery
1624 Spanish silver fleet sails to Panama
1629 French huguenot leader Duke De Rohan signs accord with Spain
1640 English Upper house accepts Act of Attainder
1654 Bridge at Rowley, Massachusetts begins charging tolls for animals
1660 Sweden, Poland, Brandenburg & Austria sign Peace of Oliva
1661 Johannes Hevelius observes 3rd transit of Mercury ever to be seen
1662 Royal charter granted to Connecticut
1678 French conquering fleet at Curacao, 1200 die
1715 Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
1722 Pierre de Marivaux' "La Double Inconstance" premieres in Paris
1747 Willem IV appointed viceroy of Holland/Utrecht
1765 1st North American medical college opens in Philadelphia
1791 Constitution of May 3 is proclaimed by the Great Sejm (Parliament) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, becoming the 1st modern constitution in Europe
1802 Washington, D.C. is incorporated as a city
1808 Day depicted by Spanish painter Goya in his "The Third of May", painted 1814
1808 Finnish War: Sweden loses the fortress of Sveaborg to Russia
1808 Peninsular War: The Madrid rebels who rose up on May 2 are fired upon near Príncipe Pío hill
1810 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)
1815 Battle at Tolentino: Austria beats King Joachim of Naples
1822 Society for the Propagation of the Faith founded in Lyon, France
1830 1st regular steam train passenger service starts
1837 The University of Athens is founded
1841 New Zealand proclaimed a colony independent of New South Wales
1845 1st African American lawyer, Macon B Allen, admitted to the bar in Massachusetts
1845 Fire kills 1,600 in popular theater in Canton, China
1846 Mexican Army begins the Siege of Fort Texas near Brownsville, Texas, during the Mexican–American War
1849 The May Uprising in Dresden begins - the last of the German revolutions of 1848
1851 Sixth major fire in San Francisco destroys 1500-2000 buildings
1855 Antwerp-Rotterdam railway opens
1860 Charles XV of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Sweden
1861 General Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan for the North against the South in American Civil War
1861 Lincoln asks for 42,000 Army Volunteers and another 18,000 seamen
1863 Battle of Salem Church, Virginia
1863 The Second Battle of Fredericksburg occurs in Virginia, part of the Chancellorsville Campaign of the American Civil War
1864 3rd day in Battle at Alexandria Louisiana: Confederate assault
1867 The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island.
1886 M A Maclean elected 1st mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia
1898 Camp Merriman forms at Presidio San Francisco (see 0517)
1901 Fire destroys 1,700 buildings in Jacksonville, Florida
1903 AVC Heracles (SC Heracles '74) soccer team forms in Almelo
1906 British-controlled Egypt takes Sinai peninsula from Turkey
1915 World War I Soldier & Poet John McCrae writes the poem "In Flanders Fields"
1916 Irish Nationalists Patrick Pearse, Thomas MacDonagh and Thomas Clarke are executed by firing squad following their involvement in the Easter Rising
1917 1st performance of Ernest Bloch's symphony "Israel"
1917 Ernest Bloch's "Schelomo" premieres in Carnegie Hall, NYC
1919 Afghanistan Emir Amanoellah begins war against Great Britain
1922 Salt layer find at Winterswijk
1923 1st nonstop north American transcontinental flight (NY-San Diego) completed
1924 Aleph Zadik Aleph is formed in Omaha, Nebraska by Sam Beber
1926 Britain's Trade Union Congress calls for the country's first ever general strike, begins at 1 minute to midnight in support striking coal miners, lasts 9 days
1926 Pulitzer prize awarded to Sinclair Lewis (Arrowsmith)
1926 US Marines land in Nicaragua (9 months after leaving), stay until 1933
1928 Japanese atrocities in Jinan, China.
1929 Prussia bans anti-fascists
1932 24 tourists begin 1st air-charter holiday (London-Basle, Switzerland)
1933 Nellie T Ross the 1st female director of the US Mint takes office
1936 French People's Front wins elections
1937 Margaret Mitchell wins Pulitzer Prize for "Gone With the Wind"
1938 Concentration camp at Flossenburg goes into use
1938 Vatican recognizes Franco-Spain
1939 The All India Forward Bloc is formed by Subhash Chandra Bose
1941 -4] German air raid on Liverpool
1942 Japanese troop attack Tulagi, Gavutu & Tanambogo, Solomon Islands during WWII
1942 German Luftwaffe again bombs Exeter, destroying its town centre
1942 Nazis execute 72 OD'ers in reprisial in Sachsenhausen, Netherlands
1942 Nazis require Dutch Jews to wear a Jewish star
1943 Pulitzer prize awarded to Upton Sinclair (Dragon's Teeth)
1943 Strike against obligatory labor camps ends, after 200 killed
1943 US 1st armour division occupies Mateur Tunisia
1944 "Meet Me in St Louis" opens on Broadway
1944 Meat rationing ends in US
1944 "Going My Way", directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing Crosby premieres in New York (Best Picture 1945)
1945 1st Polish Armoured Division of the Polish Armed Forces in the West occupies Wilhelmshafen in Germany
1945 Allies arrest German physicist Werner Heisenberg
1945 British troop join in Rangoon
1945 World War II: German ship "Cap Arcona" laden with prisoners sunk by Royal Air Force in East Sea, 5,800 killed - one of largest maritime losses of life
1946 International military tribunal in Tokyo begins
1947 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war
1948 Pulitzer prize awarded to James Michener & Tennessee Williams
1949 1st firing of a US Viking rocket; reached 80 km
1951 Royal Festival Hall opens in London
1951 The Festival of Britain opens
1952 "Call Me Madam" closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 644 performances
1952 1st landing by an airplane at geographic North Pole
1953 Westchester conference of American Library Association proclaims "Freedom to Read"
1954 Pulitzer prize awarded to Charles A Lindbergh & John Patrick
1956 Frank Loesser's musical "Most Happy Fella" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 678 performances
1956 A new range of mountains discovered in Antarctica (2 over 13,000')
1960 Musical "Fantasticks" by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, premieres in NYC (world's longest running musical)
1960 The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1961 Warren Spahn pitches a 2 hitter after pitching a no hitter
1962 Express train crashed into wreckage of a commuter train & a freight, killing 163, injuring 400 in Tokyo, Japan
1963 Leslie Narum is only Baltimore Oriole to homer on his 1st at bat
1963 Birmingham officials turn high pressure hoses and dogs on children's crusade protest against segregation prompting widespread condemnation
1965 1st use of satellite TV, Today Show on Early Bird Satellite
1965 Cambodia drops diplomatic relations with the US
1965 Pulitzer prize awarded to Irwin Unger (Greenback Era)
1967 African American students seize finance building at Northwestern University
1968 Holland Pirate Radio Station VRON becomes Radio Veronica Intl
1969 "Trumpets of the Lord" closes at Brooks Atkinson NYC after 7 performances
1970 Trans-Arabian Pipeline delivery from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean interrupted in Syria, driving oil tanker rates to all time highs
1971 "All Things Considered" premieres on 112 National Public Radio stations
1971 Erich Honecker succeeds Walter Ulbricht as East German communist party leader
1971 Nixon administration arrests 13,000 anti-war protesters in 3 days
1971 Pulitzer prize awarded to John Toland (Rising Sun)
1973 Chicago's Sears Tower, world's tallest building (443 m), topped out
1975 Christa Vahlensieck runs female world record marathon (2:40:15.8)
1976 Panama 747SP lands after record flight around world (46:26)
1976 Pulitzer prize awarded to Saul Bellow (Humboldt's Gift)
1978 "Sun Day" - solar energy events are held in US
1978 Last cricket test match appearance for Bobby Simpson, at Kingston
1978 WI all set to lose cricket test v Aust at Kingston till riots end game
1978 First unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail ("spam") is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the US west coast
1979 Martin Sherman's "Bent" premieres in London
1981 "Can-Can" closes at Minskoff Theater NYC after 5 performances
1981 "Moony, Shapiro Songbook" opens & closes at Morosco Theater NYC
1982 NY Times reports that military will get 25% of NASA's budget
1982 President Reagan begins 5 minute weekly radio broadcasts
1983 Soviet leader Yuri Andropov decreases nuclear weapons in Europe
1983 US bishops condemn nuclear weapons
1986 Air Lanka crashes, killing 22
1986 NASA launches Goes-G, it fails to achieve orbit
1986 31st Eurovision Song Contest: Sandra Kim for Belgium wins singing "J'aime la vie" in Bergen
1987 "Mikado" closes at Virginia Theater NYC after 46 performances
1988 4,200 kg Colombian cocaine in seized at Tarpon Springs Florida
1988 Painter Jasper Johns' "Diver" sold for $4,200,000
1991 The Declaration of Windhoek (on press freedom) signed by African journalists
1993 "Kiss of the Spider Woman" opens at Broadhurst NYC for 906 performances
1994 29th Academy of Country Music Awards: Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Wynonna win
1994 D66/Dutch Liberal Party win Dutch 2nd Parliamentary election
1995 "My Thing of Love" opens at Beck Theater NYC for 16 performances
1995 Australia beat West Indies to regain the Frank Worrell Cricket Trophy
1996 Martin Moxon & Michael Vaughan make 362 1st wkt Yorks v Glam
1997 Garry Kasparov begins chess match with IBM supercomputer Deep Blue
1997 42nd Eurovision Song Contest: Katrina and the Waves for United Kingdom wins singing "Love Shine a Light" in Dublin
1999 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is slammed by an F5 tornado killing forty-two people, injuring 665, and causing $1 billion in damage. The tornado was one of 66 from the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.
1999 The Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 11,000 for the first time in its history at 11,014.70.
1999 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Stephen Hendry of Scotland defeats Welshman Mark Williams, 18-11 for a record 7th world crown
2000 The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet.
2001 The United States loses its seat on the U.N. Human Rights Commission for the first time since the commission was formed in 1947.
2002 A military MiG-21 aircraft crashes into the Bank of Rajasthan in India, killing eight.
2002 "Spider-Man", starring Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin, premieres
2003 New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses.
2006 Armavia Flight 967 crashes into the Black Sea, killing 113 people on board, with no survivors
2006 Zacarias Moussaoui is sentenced to life in prison in Alexandria, Virginia
2007 British girl Madeleine McCann disappears from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal
2012 59th National Film Awards (India): "Deool" wins the Golden Lotus
2013 Aorun zhaoi, a Theropod dinosaur, dating from 161 million years ago, is discovered in China
2013 60th National Film Awards (India): "Paan Singh Tomar" wins the Golden Lotus
2014 61st National Film Awards (India): "Ship of Theseus" wins the Golden Lotus
2015 Chelsea wins the 2014–15 English football Premier League
2015 62nd National Film Awards (India): "Court" wins the Golden Lotus
2016 Ted Cruz suspends his campaign to be the Republican Presidential nominee
2018 Indian government confirms around 110 people have died in dust storms in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the last 9 days
2018 Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences members vote to expel Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski
2018 Bollywood actors both posthumously recognized at India's National Film Awards; Sridevi Kapoor Best Actress for "Mum" and Vinod Khanna receives Dadasaheb Phalke award.
2018 Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii begins erupting forcing the evacuation of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and residential areas
2019 Cyclone Fani strikes Odisha State, India and Bangladesh, killing 33 people after one of the biggest human evacuations ever - 1.2 million in India in 24 hours
2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China responsible for the spread and severity of COVID-19 and should be held accountable
2020 Investor Warren Buffett dumps his holdings in four major US airlines saying "the world has changed" for aviation, reflecting an increasingly bleak outlook for the industry
2020 Brazilian confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 100,000 with the death toll at 7,025, the 9th country to do so

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Post by kevinchess1 » Mon May 03 2021 10:53am

Also the 100th birthday of Northern Ireland
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kevinchess1 wrote:
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Also the 100th birthday of Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland was created as a separate legal entity on 3 May 1921, under the Government of Ireland Act 1920.
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Post by Richard Frost » Tue May 04 2021 10:16am

4 May 21

LAILAT-UL-QADR [Shi'a Muslim] THE NIGHT OF POWER
8 May LAILAT-UL-QADR [Sunni Muslim] THE NIGHT OF POWER


This commemorates the night in 610 CE when the Prophet Muhammad received his first visit from the angel Jibril (Gabriel) and his revelation of the Qur’an. Muslims believe that the date of this night is kept secret by God, but that they ‘may seek the Night of Dignity in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan’ (Bukhaari, quoting Aisha, who heard it from the Prophet).

On this day in history

1256 Augustinian monastic order constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV issues papal bull Licet ecclesiae catholicae
1303 Flemings conquers Middelburg
1415 Religious reformers John Wycliffe and Jan Hus are condemned as heretics at the Council of Constance
1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, final battle between the Houses of Lancaster and York: Prince of Wales, Edward of Westminster killed and King Edward IV restored to his throne. Re-restores political stability to England until his death in 1483.
1493 Spanish Pope Alexander VI divides America between Spain and Portugal
1535 Five Carthusian monks from London Charterhouse monastery hung, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, London, for refusing to acknowledge Henry VIII as head of the Church of England
1540 Venice and Turkey sign Treaty of Constantinople
1572 Veere sides with Geuzen
1626 Peter Minuit becomes director-general of New Netherlands
1634 Johan van Walbeeck's fleet departs to West Indies
1652 Battle of Etampes: French army under Turenne beats Fronde rebels
1686 Municipality of Ilagan is founded in the Philippines
1728 George Frideric Handel's opera "Tolomeo, re di Egitto" premieres in London
1747 Willem IV appointed Viceroy of Overijssel
1776 Rhode Island declares independence from Great Britain
1780 American Academy of Arts & Science founded in Boston, James Bowdoin, John and Samuel Adams founding members
1780 Charles Bunbury on Diomed wins 1st Epsom Derby
1783 William Herschel reports seeing a red glow near lunar crater Aristarchus
1799 Fourth Anglo-Mysore War: The Battle of Seringapatam: The siege of Seringapatam ends when the city is assaulted and the Tipu Sultan killed by the besieging British army, under the command of General George Harris.
1814 Bourbon reign restored in France
1814 King Ferdinand VII of Spain signs the Decree of the 4th of May, returning Spain to absolutism
1818 Netherlands & Britain sign treaty against illegal slave handling
1839 The Cunard Steamship Company Ltd forms San Bonifacio
1843 Great Britain annexes Natal
1846 US state Michigan ends death penalty
1858 War of Reform (Mexico); Liberals establish capital at Vera Cruz
1859 The Cornwall Railway opens across the Royal Albert Bridge linking the counties of Devon and Cornwall in England.
1861 At Gretna, Louisiana, one of 1st guns of Rebel navy is cast
1862 -5] Battle at Williamsburg, Virginia
1862 Yorktown, VA - Mcclellan halted his troop before town as it is full of armed torpedoes left by CS Brigadier General Gabrial Rains
1863 Battle of Chancellorsville-action at Salem Church
1863 End of Chancellorsville - Beaten Union army withdraws
1864 -16] actions at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
1864 General Ulysses S. Grant's Union Army at Potomac attacks Robert E. Lee's Confederates at Rappahannock River
1865 Battle of Citronelle, Alabama; Richard Taylor surrenders
1869 The Naval Battle of Hakodate takes place in Japan.
1878 Thomas Edison's Phonograph shown for 1st time at Grand Opera House
1886 Haymarket riot in Chicago; bomb kills 7 policemen
1888 Italy & Spain sign military covenant
1893 Cowboy Bill Pickett invents bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground
1896 1st edition of London Daily Mail (halfpenny)
1896 Grease fire ignites half ton of dynamite at Cripple Creek, Colorado
1897 Fire in Paris bazaar at Rue Jean Goujon kills 200
1904 Construction begins by the United States on the Panama Canal
1904 Charles Stewart Rolls meets Frederick Henry Royce at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England. Go on to form Roll-Royce
1910 Canadian Currency Act, 1910, receives Royal Assent
1910 Prime Minister of Canada Wilfrid Laurier passes the Naval Service Act, which creates the Royal Canadian Navy
1912 Italian mariners occupy Turkish Island of Rhodes
1915 Italy drops Triple Alliance with Austria-Hungary & Germany
1916 At request of US, Germany curtails its submarine warfare
1916 Ned Daly, Willie Pearse, Michael O'Hanrahan and Joseph Plunkett are executed by British authorities following the Easter Rising, at Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin
1917 A flotilla of US destroyer ships arrive in Queenstown, Ireland, to aid in convoying ships to England
1919 Demonstrates organised by students erupt in China, after news from the Paris Peace Conference that the Allies intend to give Shangtung to Japan
1923 Bloody street battles between Nazis, socialist & police in Vienna
1923 NY state revokes Prohibition law
1924 VIII Summer Olympic Games open at Olympic Stadium of Colombes, Paris, France
1924 German Republic election: fascists & communists win
1925 League of Nations conference on arms control & poison gas usage
1927 1st balloon flight over 40,000 feet (Scott Field, Illinois)
1927 Nicaragua agrees to a US supervised presidential election in 1928
1931 Mustafa Kemal Pasja becomes Turkish president
1932 Al Capone enters Atlanta Penitentiary convicted of income tax evasion
1933 Pulitzer prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (Conquistador)
1936 Pulitzer prize awarded to Harold L Davis (Honey in the Horn)
1938 Douglas Hyde (a protestant) becomes 1st president of Eire
1940 21 "not neutral" Nazis & communists arrested in Netherlands
1942 Battle of Coral Sea begins (1st naval battle fought solely in air) between Japanese, US and Australian navies and air forces
1942 Food 1st rationed in US
1942 German occupiers imprison 450 prominent Dutch as hostages
1942 Pulitzer prize awarded to Ellen Glasgow (In this our Life)
1944 "Gaslight", starring an 18-year-old Angela Lansbury in her film debut, is released
1945 German forces in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands surrender unconditionally to British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at Luneburg Heath
1945 German forces in Bavaria surrender unconditionally to American commander Jacob L. Devers
1946 5 die in a 2 day riot at Alcatraz prison in San Francisco bay
1948 The Hague Court of Justice convicts Nazi SS officer in the Netherlands Hans Rauter of Crimes against Humanity (executed 24 March 1949)
1949 Plane carrying the entire Torino Serie A soccer squad crashes on the outskirts of Turin, Italy; 31 killed; Torino awarded League title at the request of their rivals
1953 Pulitzer Prize for Literature awarded to Ernest Hemingway for "The Old Man & The Sea"
1954 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Bikini Island
1956 Queen Juliana unveils National Monument to Dams in Amsterdam
1956 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Enwetak
1957 Anne Frank Foundation forms in Amsterdam
1958 Alberto Lleras Camargo chosen president of Colombia
1959 First Grammy Awards: Perry Como & Ella Fitzgerald win
1959 Pulitzer Prize awarded to Archibald Macleish (JB)
1959 "The 400 Blows", French film directed by François Truffaut, starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, is released
1960 1st great Delta dam closes, North-South Beveland
1961 1st on-the-road Spacemobile lecture given.
1961 CORE begins freedom rides from Washington, D.C.
1961 Malcolm Ross & Victor Prather reach 34,668 m (record) in balloon
1961 South Africa ANC leader John Nkadimeng arrested
1962 US performs atmospheric nuclear test at Christmas Island
1964 70 GATT-countries confer in Geneva
1964 Pulitzer prize awarded to Richard Hofstadter (Anti-intellectualism)
1966 Soviet government signs accord about building Fiat factory in USSR
1967 Lunar Orbiter 4 launched by US; begins orbiting Moon May 7
1970 National Guard kills 4 at Kent State in Ohio
1970 Premier Kosygin affirms existence Russian military advisors in Egypt
1970 Pulitzer prize awarded to Erik H Erikson (Gandhi's Truth)
1972 Vietcong forms revolutionary government in Quang Tri, South Vietnam
1972 "The Don't Make A Wave Committee," a fledgling environmental organization founded in Canada in 1971, officially changes its name to the "Greenpeace Foundation"
1973 Patriarch Shenuda II of Kopitisch church visits the pope
1973 Wings release "Red Rose Speedway" in UK
1975 Ed Bullins' "Taking of Miss Jane" premieres in NYC
1975 Italian film "Seven Beauties" directed by Lina Wertmüller, starring Giancarlo Giannini, and Shirley Stoler released - first film directed by a women to be nominated for an Academy Award
1976 "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 7 performances
1977 US Catholic bishops rescind automatic excommunications for divorced and remarried Catholics (receiving communion still outlawed if the previous marriages were not annulled by Church tribunals)
1978 Russian leader Brezhnev visits West-Germany
1979 Margaret Thatcher becomes the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1979 NASA launches Fltsatcom-2
1981 Silvana Cruciata runs 15k female world record (49:44.0)
1982 British destroyer HMS Sheffield hit by Exocet rocket off Falkland Islands: 20 of her crew died.
1983 China performs nuclear test at Lop Nor, PRC
1985 30th Eurovision Song Contest: Bobbysocks! for Norway wins singing "La det swinge" in Gothenburg
1986 President Babrak Karmal resigns as party leader of Afghanistan
1988 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
1988 PEPCON chemical plant in Henderson, Nevada explodes killing 2 and injuring 372 causing damage within 10-mile (16 km) radius
1989 NASA launches Magellan mission to Venus from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida
1989 US space shuttle STS-30 launched
1990 Angela Bowie reveals that ex-husband David slept with Mick Jagger
1990 Latvia's parliament votes 138-0 (1 abstention) for Independence
1990 Pakistan beat Australia by 36 runs to win Austral-Asia Cup, Sharjah
1991 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Doug Kent
1991 US politician Mo Udall, Representative for Arizona (1961-91), resigns due to Parkinson disease
1991 US President George H. W. Bush is hospitalized for erratic heartbeat
1991 36th Eurovision Song Contest: Carola for Sweden wins singing "Fangad av en stormvind" in Rome
1992 "I Saw the Light" single released by Wynonna (Billboard Song of the Year 1992)
1992 US Army and Marine Corps forces arrive in Los Angeles to end rioting following the acquittal of four police officers over the beating of Rodney King
1993 "Angels in America-Millennium Approaches" opens at Kerr for 367 performances
1994 Arsenal win 34th European Cup Winner's Cup against Parma of Italy 1-0 in Copenhagen
1994 Singer Courtney Love cleared of drug charges
1998 A federal judge in Sacramento, California, gives "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski four life sentences plus 30 years after Kaczynski accepts a plea agreement sparing him from the death penalty.
1999 "The Mummy" film directed by Stephen Sommers starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz and John Hannah premieres in the US
2000 Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London
2001 The Milwaukee Art Museum addition, the first Santiago Calatrava-designed structure in the United States, opens to the public.
2002 English FA Cup Final, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (73,963): Arsenal beats Chelsea, 2-0 for 8th title
2007 Greensburg, Kansas is almost completely destroyed by a 1.7m wide EF-5 tornado
2007 The Scottish National Party wins the Scottish general election and becomes the largest party in the Scottish Parliament for the first time ever
2010 Julia Louis-Dreyfus receives the 2,407th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, although on the original star her name is spelled incorrectly
2012 14 decapitated bodies and 9 hung from a bridge are found in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
2013 5 US soldiers are killed by a bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan
2013 77 people are killed by the Syrian Army in Baniyas
2013 Author Harper Lee files a lawsuit against a literary agent over the copyright of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
2013 39 people are killed at a funeral in Wukari, Nigeria
2013 Juventus F.C. win their 29th Serie A football title
2014 Juan Carlos Varela is elected President of Panama
2015 World Snooker Championship, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield: Stuart Bingham beats fellow Englishman Shaun Murphy, 18-15 for his lone world title
2016 Ohio Governor John Kasich bows out of the race for US Republican Presidential nominee
2018 California overtakes Great Britain to become the worlds fifth largest economy
2019 Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez unifies a trio of middleweight world titles in a close, unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV
2020 Countries in Europe begin cautious reopening after COVID-19 lockdown, Italy restarts construction and takeaways, Germany reopens schools
2020 World leaders pledge $8 billion to research treatments and a vaccine for COVID-19, with the US and Russia not taking part
2020 India begins lifting some restrictions in regions with fewer COVID-19 cases

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Post by kevinchess1 » Tue May 04 2021 1:16pm

Also today is ‘Star wars day.’
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Post by kevinchess1 » Tue May 04 2021 2:13pm

And also Michael Barrymore birthday
Hoping he has an uneventful day
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Re: What can we celebrate today?

Post by Richard Frost » Tue May 04 2021 2:37pm

kevinchess1 wrote:
Tue May 04 2021 1:16pm
Also today is ‘Star wars day.’
Star Wars Day is an informal commemorative day observed annually on May 4 to celebrate George Lucas' Star Wars media franchise. Observance of the day spread quickly through media and grassroots celebrations since the franchise began in 1977.

The date originated from the pun "May the Fourth be with you", a variant of the popular Star Wars catchphrase "May the Force be with you". Even though the holiday was not created or declared by Lucasfilm, many Star Wars fans across the world have chosen to celebrate the holiday. It has since been embraced by Lucasfilm and parent company Disney as an annual celebration of Star Wars.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Wars_Day
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