Looking through the history books, these are the nuggets I sought out and decided to share with you today. On this day in…
1561 – An 18-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots, returns to Scotland after spending 13 years in France. Yes, Mary, too much Brie can be a bad thing.
1692 – Salem witch trials: in Salem, Massachusetts, Province of Massachusetts Bay five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft. It’s a shame no one caught on to Melissa Joan Hart, though. That Sabrina one deserved burning at the stake, if you ask me.
1812 – War of 1812: American frigate USS Constitution defeats the British frigate HMS Guerriere off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada earning her nickname “Old Ironsides”. Raymond Burr plays the role in a later TV series.
1944 – World War II: Liberation of Paris – Paris rises against German occupation with the help of Allied troops.
1990 – Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.
Notable birthdays include:
Former President Bill Clinton is a sprightly 64 today.
Jill St. John, Bond Girl in Diamonds Are Forever, is 70 (WHAT?)
Those that passed away on this day include:
Donald Woods, South African journalist and anti-apartheid activist (b. 1933)
Augustus, Roman Emperor (b. 63 BC)
and Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)