Today’s events include:
Martyr’s Day in Panama
This Panamanian holiday commemorates 1964 riots over sovreignty of the Panama Canal Zone. The zone had been ceded to the US in perpetuity in exchange for ongoing monetary payments.
In January 1963, US President J F Kennedy agreed to fly Panama’s flag alongside the US flag at all non-military sites in the Canal Zone where the US flag was flown. However, Kennedy was assassinated before these orders were carried out.
After Kennedy’s death, the Panama Canal Zone Governor Robert J Fleming Jr issued a decree limiting Kennedy’s order, greatly reducing the places where US flags would be flown. This outraged locals as it meant the Panama flag would by default also be taken down. Protests and ultimately, violence broke out.
Eventually, the US Army were asked to intervene. The final death toll was 28 people.
Daily Trivia: Unlike most fish, electric eels cannot get enough oxygen from water. They must surface to breathe occasionally (approximately every 5 minutes) or they will drown.