This Day in History 03/06



1540 – Hernando de Soto crosses Appalachian Mountain, 1st European to do so

1620 – Construction of the oldest stone church in French North America, Notre-Dame-des-Anges, begins at Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

1621 – Dutch West India Company (WIC) receives charter for The West Indies (included, The Americas, Caribbean and West Africa)

1789 – Alex Mackenzie explores Mackenzie River (Canada)

1906 – Belgian King Leopold II claims Congo as his private possession

1943 – United Nations Relief & Rehabilitation Administration forms

1959 – Singapore adopts constitution

1974 – Yitzhak Rabin forms a new Israeli government

1979 – Ex-president Idi Amin of Uganda flees to Libya

1991 – Mount Unzen erupts in Japan, worst eruption in Japanese history

1992 – World’s largest environmental summit opens (Rio De Janeiro Brazil)

2006 – The union of Serbia and Montenegro comes to an end with Montenegro’s formal declaration of independence.

2012 – Suicide car bombing kills 15 and injures 42 people in Bauchi, Nigeria

2012 – Plane crash in Lagos, Nigeria, kills all 152 passengers and 40 people on the ground

2012 – Tiger Woods’ 73rd PGA tour victory equals Jack Nicklaus’s record


1780 – William Hone, England, author/bookseller (Every-Day Book

1904 – Charles R. Drew, pioneer of blood plasma research


1926 – Allen Ginsberg, Newark, New Jersey, American beat poet (Howl)


1963 – Yuri Yuriyevich Krikun, Russia, cosmonaut

1968 – Samantha Sprackling, Nigerian singer

1974 – Kelly Jones, Welsh singer (Stereophonics)


1986 – Rafael Nadal, Manacor, Majorca, Balearic Islands, Spanish tennis player


1986 – Brenden Richard Jefferson, African-American actor


1657 – William Harvey, English physician (b. 1578)

1881 – Japanese giant salamander, dies in Dutch zoo at 55; oldest amphibian

1924 – Franz Kafka, Czech writer (Trial, Amerika, Metamorphosis), dies at 40


1949 – Amedos Peter Giannine, founder of Bank

1963 – Pope John XXIII [Angelo G Roncalli], Pope (1958-63), dies at 81


1964 – Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Finnish writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888

1967 – Arthur Mitchell Ransome, critic/children’s book author

2009 – Koko Taylor, American blues musician, popularly known as the “Queen of the Blues.” (b. 1928)

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