View Full Version : On this day in History, April 21

04-21-2006, 11:17 AM
753 BC: The City of Rome was founded. Rome is also called "la Città Eterna", which means "The Eternal City". For almost a thousand years, Rome was the most important city in the Western world and the largest city on the planet.

Roman Mythology has it that Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus, two brothers who became gods. Romulus would later kill Remus over a quarrel about the eventual location of the city, because Roman gods are ****ing stupid and kill for dumbassed reasons. In retrospect, I suppose that's common to all gods.
In either case, nobody knows who founded Rome really seeing as how it's almost THREE THOUSAND ****ING YEARS OLD. I mean seriously people, what do you want? But nevertheless it has been a hotbed of activity socially, politically and theologically throughout human history. Having been the seat of the Roman Kingdom, later the Roman Republic, the Holy Roman Empire, the Papal States, Kingdom of Italy, and The Italian Republic. It's fair to say, it's been pretty god damned important.

These days The Vatican City, a sovereign enclave within Rome, is the seat of the Roman Catholic Church and the home of the Pope Darth Sidius who schemes to take over the galaxy and crush the rebels.

Rain Man
04-21-2006, 11:27 AM
Do you think that Ali Agca was really a jedi knight?

04-21-2006, 11:33 AM
Rome kicks ass

04-21-2006, 11:37 AM
Rome kicks ass

Did ya get my PM?

04-21-2006, 11:39 AM
Thank you Mr. Science

04-21-2006, 11:40 AM
Actually, I don't care what Jidar posts, his avatar cracks me the fug up every time

04-21-2006, 11:46 AM
Did ya get my PM?
yes and if i wasnt posting from my cell phone i would have more of an reply

Rain Man
04-21-2006, 11:51 AM
Rome if you want to.

Rome around the world.

Never mind. I'm thinking of a different rome.

04-21-2006, 12:40 PM

04-21-2006, 01:27 PM
mark twain died on the date in 1910.

Huck Finn is my hero.

04-21-2006, 01:31 PM
And the potheads are just now waking up...........

04-21-2006, 03:08 PM
Other events happening on 4/21:
1792 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1792) - Tiradentes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiradentes), a revolutionary (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutionary) who was leading a movement for Brazil's independence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_Empire#Brazilian_independence), is hanged (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanging) and quartered (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartering).
1836 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1836) - Texas Revolution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Revolution): Battle of San Jacinto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Jacinto) – Republic of Texas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Texas) forces under Sam Houston (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Houston) defeat troops under Mexican (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico) General (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General) Antonio López de Santa Anna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_L%C3%B3pez_de_Santa_Anna).
1863 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1863) - Bahá'u'lláh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27u%27ll%C3%A1h) declares his mission as "He whom God shall make manifest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/He_whom_God_shall_make_manifest)". Considered the founder of the Bahá'í Faith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_Faith).
1863 - Quantrill's Raiders (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantrill%27s_Raiders) launch a reprisal raid Lawrence, Kansas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawrence%2C_Kansas) in the Battle of Lawrence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Lawrence), killing a number of civilians.
1894 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1894) - Norway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norway) formally adopts the Krag-Jørgensen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krag-J%C3%B8rgensen) rifle as the main arm of its armed forces, a weapon that would remain in service for almost 50 years.
1898 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1898) - Spanish-American War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish-American_War): The U.S. Congress (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congress_of_the_United_States), on April 25 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_25), recognizes that a state of war exists between the United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States) and Spain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain) as of this date.
1912 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1912) - The New York Giants (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Giants) and New York Yankees (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Yankees) play an exhibition game to benefit survivors of the RMS Titanic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RMS_Titanic).
1918 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1918) - World War I (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I): German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) fighter ace Manfred von Richthofen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_von_Richthofen), known as "The Red Baron (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Baron)", is shot down and killed over Vaux sur Somme (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Vaux_sur_Somme&action=edit) in France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France).
1930 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1930) - A fire at a Columbus, Ohio (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus%2C_Ohio), USA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States), penitentiary kills 320 people.
1944 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1944) - Women in France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France) receive the right to vote.
1945 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1945) - World War II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II): Soviet Union (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Union) forces south of Berlin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin) at Zossen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zossen) attack the German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German) High Command (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=High_Command&action=edit) headquarters.
1952 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1952) - Secretary's Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary%27s_Day) (now Administrative Professionals' Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Administrative_Professionals%27_Day)) is first celebrated.
1955 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955) - Bob Hope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Hope)'s radio program airs its last segment.
1956 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1956) - Elvis Presley (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_Presley)'s song "Heartbreak Hotel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbreak_Hotel)" becomes the "King's" first song to reach the top of the Cash Box magazine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cash_Box_magazine) [1] (http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/randypny/cashbox/1956.html) music charts.
1960 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960) - Brasília (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bras%C3%ADlia), Brazil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil)'s capital (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital), is officially inaugurated. At 9:30 am the Three Powers (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Three_Powers&action=edit) of the Republic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic) are simultaneously transferred from the old capital, Rio de Janeiro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_de_Janeiro).
1960 - Founding of the Orthodox (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox) Bahá'í (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%27%C3%AD_Faith) Faith in Washington, DC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington%2C_DC).
1962 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1962) - The Seattle World's Fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seattle_World%27s_Fair) (Century 21 Exposition (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_21_Exposition)) opens. It is the first World's Fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World%27s_Fair) in the U.S. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S.) since World War II (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II). [2] (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/specials/worldsfair/)
1965 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1965) - The 1964-1965 New York World's Fair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_New_York_World%27s_Fair) opens for its second and final season.
1966 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966) - Rastafari movement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari_movement): Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haile_Selassie_of_Ethiopia) visits Jamaica (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica), an event now celebrated as Grounation Day (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grounation_Day).
1967 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1967) - A few days before the general election (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_election) in Greece (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece), Colonel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonel) George Papadopoulos (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Papadopoulos) leads a coup d'état (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coup_d%27%C3%A9tat), establishing a military regime (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military_regime) that lasts for seven years.
1975 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1975) - Vietnam War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War): President (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President) of South Vietnam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Vietnam) Nguyen Van Thieu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nguyen_Van_Thieu) flees Saigon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigon), as Xuan Loc (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Xuan_Loc&action=edit), the last South Vietnamese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Vietnamese) outpost blocking a direct North Vietnamese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Vietnam) assault on Saigon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigon), falls.
1985 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1985) - Ayrton Senna (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayrton_Senna) wins the first of 41 Formula One (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One) championship races at the Portuguese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portuguese) Grand Prix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Prix_motor_racing) in Estoril (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estoril).
1986 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986) - Geraldo Rivera (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geraldo_Rivera) opens Al Capone's (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone) vault on live television and finds nothing.
1987 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1987) - The Tamil Tigers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Tigers) are blamed for a car bomb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car_bomb) that explodes in the Sri Lankan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka) capital (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital) of Colombo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombo), killing 106 people.
1989 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989) - Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_Protests_of_1989): In Beijing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing), around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square) to commemorate the late Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hu_Yaobang).
1992 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992) - U.S. death penalty (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment_in_the_United_States): After 13 years on death row (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_row), convicted murderer Robert Alton Harris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Alton_Harris) is executed in California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California)'s gas chamber (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gas_chamber).
1994 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994) - The first discoveries of extrasolar planets (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extrasolar_planet) are announced by astronomer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astronomer) Alexander Wolszczan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Wolszczan).
2005 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005) - John Negroponte (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Negroponte) becomes the first United States Director of National Intelligence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Director_of_National_Intelligence).