What should I cook to celebrate?
On this date in 1618, a meeting of the Bohemian Estates (their representative body, and largely Protestant) in Prague, responded to envoys from the Catholic Hapsburg,s who were their rulers, by throwing two of them out the window. Even though it was a 20 meter drop (70 feet or so), they survived; some say it was divine intervention, Some say it was a very deep dung pile; maybe both or neither. They did much better than the seven thrown out the window in the first defenestration of Prague by rebellious Hussites on the 30th of July 1419: they all perished.
This event marks the beginning of the 30 Years War, a brutal religious conflict that laid huge portions of Central Europe to waste, resulted in seven and a half-isa million deaths, famine, and set back the development of German and Central European culture a century or more.
It did however produce Descartes’ Meditations, so I guess things even out.