The Miners’ Strike started on March 12, 1984, becoming the worst strike in British history. Here is a highlight of events from today in history.
1888: Most Severe New York Storm Ever
Today in history, New York City was hit with its most severe winter storm ever, causing millions of dollars of damage to property. Hundreds of people died in the 36-hour blizzard, which struck the whole of New England. New York City saw 40in of snow within the time and the city found itself isolated from the rest of the country. “Leather Man,” who had walked 364 miles every 34 days for 30 years was delayed by four days thanks to the storm.
1894: The First Coca-Cola Bottles Sold
Now a common drink found around the world, Coca-Cola only started selling drinks in bottles on this day in history. Joseph A. Biedenharn, a shop owner in Mississippi had become so impressed with the drink’s sales that he bottled it and sold it to his customers. Biedenharn also sent a case to company owner Asa Griggs Candler, who decided to take no action to bottle it himself. Eventually, he would agree.
1938: The Annexe of Austria
March 12, 1938 should have been a warning sign that something more dangerous was coming. German troops marched into Austria and annexed it. Austrian Nazis had been considering for some time to overthrow its government and join with Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler decided to help and take action. The new Austrian government was appointed a day later, with the Anschluss made official. Austria remained as a German federal state until after the war, when Allied forces re-established its independence.
1984: The Miners’ Strike Began
Today in history, the Miners’ Strike in Britain officially began. Due to the closure of mines, more than 50 percent of the countries’ miners went on strike. Yorkshire and Kent were the first two sets of miners to refuse to work, and they were quickly followed by South Wales and Scottish workers. Six days earlier, Ian MacGregor, chairman of the Coal Board, had announced 20,000 miners would be put out of work due to 20 pits becoming uneconomical and closured needed. The Miners’ Strike became the longest and most financially damaging strikes in British history.
Famous Birthdays on March 12
Charles of Valois–1270
Duke Edward of Guelders–1336
Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity theologian Richard Hooker—1554
Anne Hyde, Duchess of York, wife of James II of England and Scotland–1637
Frederica of Baden, Queen of Sweden–1781
Canadian Prime Minister John Abbott–1821
The New York Times publisher Adolph Simon Ochs—1858
Red Cross founder Jane Delano—1862
On the Road author Jack Kerouac—1922
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf dramatist Edward Albee—1928
McFly singer and guitarist Danny Jones—1986
YouTube star and singer Tyler Ward—1988
YouTube star and The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie—1994
Birthdays from HistoryNet.com, OnThisDay.com and FamousBirthdays.com
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Image of Coca-Cola bottles used with the Free Art License: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca-Cola#/media/File:Flasche_Coca-Cola_0,2_Liter.jpg
Anne Hyde: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Hyde#/media/File:Anne_Hyde_by_Sir_Peter_Lely.JPG
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