IF it really happened, then it was on this day in 1284 that over a 100 children followed the Pied Piper out of town. According to legend the man was hired to rid Hamelin (Germany) of rats, and did so by playing his flute in a manner that enticed the rodents to follow him to a river where they drowned. After completing this task, the elders of the village refused to pay him. The Piper then played a merry tune which caused the children to follow along behind him, and they were never seen again. While this is commonly believed to be just a myth, there is historical evidence that something did happen to the children of the village on this day in 1284. Experts, however, aren’t sure if the town records are referring to a mass emigration to lands further west, a Children’s Crusade that was going to the Holy Land, or perhaps something else.
The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “221 – Roman Emperor Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus as his heir and receives the title of Caesar” and the latest is “2008 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual right, and that the District of Columbia handgun ban is unconstitutional.”
A few other things that also happened on this day are:
1927 – The Cyclone is opened to the public.
1934 – Federal Credit Union Act is signed into law.
2003 – US Supreme Court rules it in unconstitutional for sodomy laws to be gender-specific.
Happy birthday to Mick Jones, Chris Isaak, Robert Davi, and Eleanor Parker.