It looks like a slow day for news for this date, just 2 events to note. Australia opened its first parliament in Melbourne in 1901. And the US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee opened formal and public impeachment hearings against President Richard Nixon in 1974.
It was a day to recognize the birth of activists: Abolitionist John Brown (1800), priest, poet, and anti-Vietnam War activist Daniel Berrigan (1921), and White Rose anti-Nazi activist Sophie Scholl (1921). It was a date for authors and journalists: J.M. Barrie (1860) the Scottish creator of Peter Pan; American TV journalist Mike Wallace (1918), and the English novelist creator of Watership Down, Richard Adams (1920). As well as the archeologist discoverer of King Tut’s tomb, Howard Carter (1874), and American piano man Billy Joel (1949).
We bid farewell to UAW (United Auto Workers) union founder Walter Reuther (1970), rocker Little Richard (2020), and the often-forgotten part of the duo who first successfully summited Mt Everest – Sherpa Tenzing Norgay(1986). Edmund Hillary couldn’t have made it without him.
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