On this day 70 years ago, Merrill’s Marauders began their 1,000-mile journey through Japanese occupied Burma during World War II. A total of 2,750 Marauders (led by Frank Merrill) entered Burma; and through their marksmanship and wit, they severed Japanese supply lines in March.
The men of “Unit Galahad” enjoyed the rare distinction of having each soldier awarded the Bronze Star. WATCH a video from their 1985 reunion… (1944)
The fighting unit, perhaps the most celebrated in WWII, after surviving all odds, eventually was turned into the 75th Ranger Regiment.
MORE Good News on this Date:
- Mexico declared its independence from Spain (1821)
- The first floats were paraded in Mardi Gras, in New Orleans where, today, dozens of ‘krewe’ members (people that work all year to plan the balls and parades) ride elaborate modern floats, tossing strands of beads to cheering crowds (1868)
- Nancy Astor became the first woman to speak in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom following her election as a Member of Parliament (MP) three months earlier (1920)
- Led Zeppelin released their sixth album Physical Graffiti, a double album that featured songs leftover from their previous LPs Led Zeppelin III, IV, and Houses Of The Holy (1975)
- The United States Olympic Hockey team completed their Miracle on Ice by defeating Finland 4-2 to win the gold medal (1980)
- Congress released a report condemning the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as ”grave injustice” (1983)
Also on this day in 2006, the European Space Agency agreed to provide over one hundred million euro to launch Cryosat-2, a satellite that has measured and monitored the health of land and sea ice worldwide since its launch in 2010.
And on this day in 1985, Thailand began its annual National Artist Day to celebrate their nation’s creative artists—and to award benefits to certain honorees.
The date chosen was the birthday of Buddha Loetla Nabhala, King Rama II (1767-1824), a poet and artist whose reign is known as the most peaceful time in Thailand’s history and the “Golden Age of Rattanokosin Literature.”