This day in History: If we have no past, we have no future…

On This Day in History: March 2nd

When I was in School, there was such an importance placed on History and I loved it. We learnt the ability to prioritise information, marshal an argument and critique sources. History was, and is, so many things: if we have no history, we have no future.

History is the material culture of the past, the rise and fall of civilisations, the understanding of lost communities, it provides us with a collective memory, giving us a sense of connection to place, time and community…and so much more. I feel like that importance just isn’t there anymore, and this elimination of the past is nothing short of a national tragedy in my opinion…and this why I have decided to have a look back on this day in History, and look at what happened on some of the previous March 2nds!

March 2nd 986:  Louis V becomes King of the Franks. Louis V was the last Carolingian King of Western Francia and reigned in Laon from 2 March 986 until his own death, at the age of 20, in 987. It may be because he reigned for only one year that medieval biographers awarded him the title qui nihil fecit – “who did nothing”.

March 2nd 1797: The Bank of England issues the first one-pound and two-pound banknotes.

March 2nd 1825: Work began on the Thames Tunnel in London, the world’s first tunnel under a navigable river! It will take 18 years to complete; after several floods, human disasters, and delays caused by financing difficulties, it remains in use as the oldest part of the London Underground.

March 2nd 1941: First German military units enter Bulgaria after it joined the Axis Pact –  a pact signed in Berlin, Germany on September 27, 1940, which established the Axis Powers of World War II. The pact was signed by representatives of Nazi Germany (Adolf Hitler), Fascist Italy (foreign minister Galeazzo Ciano), and Imperial Japan (Japanese ambassador to Germany Saburo Kurusu).

Do you feel History is important and is being lost? What March 2nd in History interests you? Please share your views with us below…