1. Buddha’s Birthday—celebrating the birthday in 563 of Prince Siddhartha Gautama.
2. International Romani Day—celebrating the need for awareness of issues facing the Romani people (gypsies).
3. 1961 Number One Song—celebrating the number one song on this day in 1961, as part of a three week run, Blue Moon by The Marcels, a doo wop band formed in the late 50’s whose hit record Blue Moon sold over a million records. Here is a music video of a performance of Blue Moon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoi3TH59ZEs
4. National Empanada Day—celebrating that baked bread dough folded around a stuffing of meats, tomatoes, garlic, onions and spices.
5. America’s Sweetheart Day—commemorating the birthday on this day in 1892 of silent film star Mary Pickford who cofounded United Artists.
On this day in
a. 1895 in the case of Pollock v. Farmer’s Loan & Trust Co., the Supreme Court ruled the unapportioned income tax to be unconstitutional.
b. 1904 Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan was renamed Times Square after the New York Times.
c. 1913 the 17th Amendment providing for the direct election of Senators was ratified.
d. 1920 Sharia courts in Turkey were abolished as part of Ataturk’s reforms.
e. 1959 a group of computer manufacturers and academics led by Grace Hopper met to discuss the creation of a new programming language to be known as COBOL.
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