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Saturday, 27 June 2015

Whistling in the Dark!

Pied Piper Twenty-seven years ago, on Sunday 26  June 1988, I married my husband, Brian Fink.

Now let’s look at other  world-changing events that have happened on that auspicious day in history:

  • 1284 - Pied Piper lures 130 children of Hamelin away (actually happened).
  • 1718 - Tsarevich Alexei Petrovich of Russia,  son of Peter the Great  mysteriously dies after being sentenced to death by his father for plotting against him.
  • 1807 - Lightning hits gunpowder warehouse in Luxembourg; 230 die.
  • 1870 - Wagner's opera Valkyrie premieres in Munich.
  • 1915 - Germany suppresses Vorwarts newspaper after it called for peace.
  • 1934 - Germany and  Poland sign non-aggression treaty.
  • 1941 - Lithuanian fascists massacre 2,300 Jews in Kovno.
  • 1945 - United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco.
  • 1948 - US denounces Soviet blockade of Berlin.
  • 1963 - US President John F. Kennedy gives his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin
  • 1970 - Two young girls die in a premature explosion in Derry as their father, an IRA member, was making an incendiary device.
  • 1977 - The Yorkshire Ripper kills 16 year old shop assistant Jayne MacDonald in Leeds.
  • 1989 – US Supreme Court rules 16 year olds can receive death penalty
  • 1993 - The U.S. launches a cruise missile attack targeting Baghdad intelligence headquarters.
  • 1995 - Gunmen ambush Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, escapes unharmed
  • 1996 - Irish Journalist Veronica Guerin is shot in her car while in traffic in the outskirts of Dublin.
  • 2014 - Following a military coup in Thailand, people have been warned that anyone calling for protest on social media will be prosecuted for sedition
  • 2015 – Day of international terror in Tunisia, Turkey, France and Kuwait as scores of innocent civilians are murdered worldwide.

Beach Massacre June 26 2015

A day of romantic nostalgia for us. But not a good day in history. Thanks, anyway, to everyone who sent us their warm good wishes. We all need to whistle in the dark.

© Natalie Wood (27 June 2015)

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