March 29th may be the date for Brexit, but what else makes this date significant in history?


Theresa May has named March 29th, 2019 as the date that the UK is going to depart from the European Union.

After May’s announcement for a “smooth and orderly” Brexit, there is no doubt that this date is going to go down in Britain’s history.

But what other historical events have happened on March 29th that could compete with May’s long-overdue negotiations?

Campaigners from global citizens´ movement Image by Avaaz (RIP Brexit) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons.

1. March 29th, 1848 – For the first time in recorded history the Niagara Falls stops flowing. An ice jam in the Niagara River above the Falls caused the water to stop for around 40 hours.

2. March 29th, 1961-  Nelson Mandela was acquitted of treason. Following a four-and-half-year trial, Nelson Mandela was eventually found not guilty.

3. March 29th, 1981 marked the date of the first London Marathon. It is now named the greatest charity fundraising event in the world.

4. March 29th, 1999- The Chamoli earthquake hit the Chamoli district in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It was named as the strongest earthquake to hit the Himalayas in more than ninety years killing 103 people.

5. March 29th 2010, at least 38 people were killed and more than 60 injured after two female suicide bombers targeted train stations in the heart of the Russian Capital.

With the controversy between those who wanted to leave the EU and those who choose to remain, it is clear that Theresa May has a lot of work ahead of her to deliver a smooth Brexit.

The question is, will May’s Brexit be smooth-sailing or will it hit an iceberg and be named another major tragedy in Britain’s history?

Featured image by The White House from Washington, DC [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.


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