So without further ado (or adon’t), here’s what happened on this day in…
301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus. Do you know where San Marino is? It’s a principality situated on the eastern side of the Apennine Mountains, completely surrounded by Italy. There now! Don’t say you haven’t learned something today.
1783 – American Revolutionary War: The war ends with the signing of the Treaty of Paris by the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain.
1939 – World War II: France, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany after the invasion of Poland, forming the Allies.
2004 – Beslan school hostage crisis: Day 3: The Beslan hostage crisis ends with the deaths of over 300 people, more than half of which are children. A tragic event, surely.
Blowing out candles today are:
Bad boy Charlie Sheen will celebrate his 45th birthday today in rehab…hopefully.
Lá Breithe Shona Duit!
The great director Frank Capra passed away on this day in 1991. When one thinks of Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life comes to mind. For me, it’s Lost Horizon every time. R.I.P. Frank!