This Day in History

Pi Day Founded by Physicist Larry Shaw

March 14th, recognized as Pi Day, celebrates the mathematical constant π (pi) which is approximately equal to 3.14. Pi Day gained popularity due to its numerical date (3/14) corresponding to the first three digits of π, and it’s celebrated worldwide with math-related activities and, of course, plenty of pie eating.

The Phantom of the Opera Premieres on Broadway 

A landmark moment in the world of musical theater occurred on January 26th, 1988, with the premiere of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece continues to captivate audiences.

Pan Am Flight 103 Explodes Over Lockerbie, Scotland 

A tragic event unfolded on December 21st, 1988, when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, resulting in the loss of 270 lives. The bombing remains one of the deadliest acts of terrorism in aviation history.

Estonia Declares Sovereignty

On this day in 1988, Estonia declared its sovereignty within the Soviet Union. This declaration paved the way for Estonia’s eventual independence in 1991, marking a significant moment in the unraveling of the Soviet bloc.