1. 1914: President Wilson issues proclamation for Mother’s Day holiday.
It was on this day back in 1914 that President Woodrow Wilson made the official proclamation that would make the second Sunday in May become the national holiday that would be dedicated to the ones responsible for all us to be here: our mothers. Of course, Mother’s Day had been celebrated long before that; it was originally the idea of Julia Ward Howe in late 1872 and then again in 1907 by Anna Jarvis, but it wasn’t until 1914 that Mother’s Day became a national holiday. President Wilson proclaimed that the intention of the holiday was designed “as a public expression of love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
2. 1950: L. Ron Hubbard Publishes “Dianetics”
On this day back in 1950, the book that would eventually lead to the creation of the modern day Scientology movement was published, Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health, by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard has usually focused more on the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres and was already a successful published author at the time he wrote the book that would completely change his life. Although the ideas portrayed in the book were discredited buy the medical and scientific committees, they would become the foundation for the Scientology Religion that we know today. Hubbard would go on to create more books over the next few years that would help increase his popularity and following
3. 1671: The Crown Jewels stolen by Captain Blood.
On this day in 1971, Captain Thomas Blood makes an attempt to steal the crown jewels. Blood was Irish-born and had lost all of his lands and title when the English Hierarchy regained control in 1660. Blood would come up with an elaborate plan (you would think was from one of the Oceans 11,12 or 13 movies) to steal the famous Crown Jewels. The plan would take quite some time to put together, apparently Blood and a female pretending to be his wife had visited the Tower of London where the jewels were stored six months prior to the big heist. On that visit while viewing the jewels, Blood’s “wife” claimed to have a stomach ache and asked Talbot Edwards, a 77 year old man and also the master of the Jewel house, if he could go fetch some spirits which he did. Blood and his lady would remain in contact with Edwards and his wife, even giving them a thank you gift for taking care of them that first night. Then, on this day, Blood and three accomplices that Edwards thought was family made an attempt to steal the Jewels, Blood reportedly smashed the crown flat with a mallet so that it would be easier to carry. The men were caught and Blood was brought before King Charles II and in an interesting turn of events, he wasn’t punished. Not only was he not punished, but the King was so impressed with the audacity Blood used in pulling the whole thing off that he actually went and reinstated all of is land and titles back In Ireland, as well as making him a member of the King’s Court with an annual salary. It would seem as if in some circumstances, crime does pay!