I love Thursdays! The day before Friday and the weekend, as well as learning interesting dates in history. While attending school, history was probably equivalent to going to the dentist, but as I aged history became an obsession. Go figure! So here we go…..
This day in:
1521.. Martin Luther’s writings were banned by the Edict of Worms.
1868.. President Andrew Johnson avoided conviction for impeachment charges of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by one vote. Close call there!
1940.. Allied troops began the massive naval evacuation of troops from Dunkirk, France during WWII.
1959.. Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix pitched 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves before losing, 1-0, in the 13th! WOW
1977.. George Willig, “the human fly”, scaled the World Trade Center in New York City by attaching himself to the window washer mechanism and walking straight up until falling into policy custody when he reached the top. It took Willig three and a half hours to make the climb, and $1.10 in fines-a penny per floor.
1978.. The first legal casino to be operated in the US outside of Nevada was opened in Atlantic City.
2003.. Rwandans voted to approve a new constitution that instituted a balance of power between Hutu and Tutsi.
2011.. Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb general responsible for the massacre of over 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995, is found and arrested in Lazarevo, a farming town north of Belgrade, Serbia.
Lot’s happening on this day!