Today is a very important day for multiple reasons, one of them being the 16th birthday I’ve had! Here are a few historical events whose anniversaries have come due:
1702: Queen Anne begins her reign over England, Scotland, and Ireland. She would later become the first monarch of the United Kingdom in 1707.
1775: An unknown author (perhaps Thomas Paine) publishes the book “African Slavery in America,” becoming the first book to publicly call for the abolition of slavery.
1862: During the American Civil War, the infamous Battle of Hampton Roads begins.
1917: The February Revolution begins, eventually gaining enough power to dethrone emperor Nicholas II and establishing the Soviet Union.
1957: After the end of Suez Canal Crisis, Egypt officially re-opens the Suez Canal.
1965: The first American marines land in Vietnam to participate in the war.
1983: Ronald Reagan famously labels the Soviet Union to be an “Evil Empire” while giving a speech to Evangelicals.
2014: Malaysia Airlines flight 370 disappears en route to Beijing, causing an ongoing international search for the wreckage.
2017: The landmark arch Azure Window collapses.
Two U.S. Presidents, Millard Fillmore and William Howard Taft, ended their long journeys through life on this day in 1874 and 1930, respectively. Take a look at all of the historical events I share my birthday with, I find it all incredible! Birthdays only come once a year, and I challenge you to find out something interesting about your birthday’s historical significance.