Sunday, 29 April 2012

Happy Birthday

Today is my mothers birthday she celebrates being on this planet that we call Earth for 73 years! It is also the wedding anniversary of their Royal highnesses William and Kate, I know which I think is more important!

Anyway I was looking for some 'On this day in History' facts for my mum and I thought I'd share some with you!

April 29, 1429 "Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orlans, and is considered the second coming of Jesus Christ in the body of a woman."

April 29, 1429 "Joan of Arc leads Orleans, France, to victory over English"

April 29, 1553 Flemish woman introduces practice of starching linen into England .... Why?

April 29, 1715 John Flamsteed observes Uranus for 6th time ......So many comments but I will resist!

April 29, 1770 "James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia."

April 29, 1813 Rubber is patented ....don't know why I find this one interesting!

April 29, 1852 First edition of Peter Roget's Thesaurus published

April 29, 1854 "The Ashmun Institute is officially chartered, becoming the first college for African American students."

April 29, 1856 Peace between England and Russia

April 29, 1913 Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper ...... What are the other purposes for a zipper!

April 29, 1916 Easter Rebellion: Martial law in Ireland is lifted and the rebellion is officially over with the surrender of Irish nationalists to British authorities in Dublin.

April 29, 1916 Irish nationalists surrender to British in Dublin

April 29, 1927 Construction of the Spirit of St Louis is completed

April 29, 1944 Fast carrier task force (12 carriers) commence 2 day bombing of Truk

April 29, 1945 Adolf Hitler marries his long-time partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dnitz as his successor.

April 29, 1945 Canadians start air dropping food supplies to the starving Dutch.

April 29, 1945 The Dachau concentration camp is liberated

April 29, 1957 "The first military nuclear power plant

April 29, 1967 "Aretha Franklin releases ""Respect"""

April 29, 1974 Watergate Scandal: President Richard Nixon announces the release of edited transcripts of White House tape recordings related to the scandal.

April 29, 1978 Number one hit on UK music charts - Bee Gees - Night Fever

So there you have it, my aim as always to inform and entertain!

Have you got any more to add? I'd love to hear from you if you have



  1. Now you've got me to thinking about Adolf Hitler on his honeymoon and my day is ruined. Also, try as I might, I can think of no other purpose for zippers. They seem to have a singular reason for existing.

  2. But a happy belated birthday to your mum!


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