Ancient History – It Happened Back When . . .

No day ever goes by without a memory being impressed upon it. For fun, I like to pick a day and see what happened on this day that was famous, interesting, or funny.

1925 – London’s first red double-decker buses begins service.
1944 – The Warsaw Uprising ends with the surrender of the surviving Polish rebels to the Germans.
1950 – Charles M. Schultz’s comic strip, Peanuts, appears for the first time in newspapers.
1968 – Ten days before the Olympic Games in Mexico City, more than 25 people die during a gun battle.
1968 – Baby news! A woman in Britain gives birth to sextuplets, the first recorded case in that country.
1187 – Some ancient history! Siege of Jerusalem. Saladin captures Jerusalem after 88 years of Crusader rule.
1535 – Jacques Cartier discovered Montreal, Quebec.
1608 – Hans Lippershey presents the Dutch government with a new invention, the telescope.
1835 – The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales. Mexican soldiers attempt to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, but a hastily assembled militia provided stiff resistance.
1853 – Austrian law forbids Jews from owning land.
1869 – Mahatma Gandhi was born.
1870 – Italy annexes Rome and Papal States and Rome is made the capital of Italy.
1879 – Beginning of the Sherlock Holmes adventure “The Musgrave Ritual”.
1889 – Nicholas Creede strikes it rich in silver during the last great silver boom in Colorado.
1928 – Opus Dei, also know as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God was founded by Saint Josemara Escriv.
1943 – Orders are given for the expulsion of all Danish Jews. With the quick work of the Danish underground operations, only 415 Jews were captured by the Germans and 7,000 were evacuated to Sweden.
1955 – Alfred Hitchcock Presents premiers on television.
1959 – Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone premieres on CBS.
1967 – Thurgood Marshall is swon in as the first African-American Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

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