Today (PS)


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Thirty-nine years ago, Vatnsfjörður fjord in the West Fjords was made a nature reserve.

Fifteen hundred and ninety years ago, at noon, Venice was founded.

Thirteen years ago, the Nordic nations became part of Schengen, removing the need for a passport within western Europe.

Twenty-two years ago Pakistan won the 1992 Cricket World Cup.

Seventy-two years ago, Aretha Franklin, one of my all-time favorite singers, was born.

Twenty-two years ago, Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, implemented a new law which allowed foreign fishing boats to land in the Republic of Iceland. It had been banned for seventy years.

Yesterday, Iceland won against Turkey in women’s ice hockey, 3:2, in Reykjavík.

Two hundred and seven years ago, The Slave Trade Act 1807 became law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire.

Fifty-seven years ago, the U.S. Customs seized copies of Allan Ginsberg’s poem Howl on the grounds of obscenity, and the same day, the EU was founded by West Germany, France, Italy, and the Benelux nations.

Thirty-nine years ago, the war in East Pakistan started. And a new nation was born… Do you know the name of that country?

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