Today in History May 23

Joan of Arc

Today in History May 23 Joan of Arc 1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English 1536 – Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition 1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain. 1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering […]

Today in History May 22

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) is considered to be the first true modern atlas.

Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World) is considered to be the first true modern atlas. 334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus 760 – 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1570 – First atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum‘ (Theatre of […]

Today in History May 21

Lindbergh lands in Paris

Clara Barton 878 – Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. 1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing […]

Today in History May 20

The Dream  by Henri Rousseau

The Dream is a large oil-on-canvas painting created by Henri Rousseau in 1910, one of more than 25 Rousseau paintings with a jungle theme. Wikipedia 1293 – Earthquake strikes Kamakura Japan, 30,000 killed 1303 – Treaty of Paris restores Gascony to the English and arranges for marriage of English Prince Edward to French Princess Isabella […]

Today in History May 17

Man in tank rampage

Shawn Nelson steals a tank from a military installation and goes on a rampage in San Diego resulting in a 25-minute police chase.  Click to watch a few minutes of madness. 1536 – The annulment of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s marriage. 1673 – Louis Jolliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River. 1775 […]

Today in History May 16

5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in midtown

5 die as NY Airway helicopter topples on Pan Am building in midtown 1527 – Florence becomes a republic 1792 – Denmark abolishes slave trade 1817 – Mississippi River steamboat service begins 1861 – Kentucky proclaims its neutrality Gordon Cooper in his spacesuit 1862 – Jean Joseph Etienne Lenoir a Belgian engineer developed the internal […]

Today in History May 15

Three Flags by Jasper Johns, 1958.

Three Flags by Jasper Johns, 1958. Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. 1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy 1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition. Ad extirpanda authorized in limited and defined […]

Today in History May 14

The Great Beer Parade parade in New York City

People march in the Great Beer Parade parade in New York City with Mayor Jimmy Walker leading the way. 1027 – Robert II, the Vrome, names son Henry I, king of France 1607 – First permanent English settlement in the New World, Jamestown, Virginia 1610 – Assassination of Henri IV of France, bringing Louis XIII […]

Today in History May 13

Pope Paul Vl moments after he was shot

Pope Paul Vl moments after he was shot 609 – Pope Boniface I turns Pantheon in Rome into a Catholic church 1110 – Crusaders march into Beirut causing a bloodbath 1497 – Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola an Italian Dominican friar and an influential contributor to the politics of Florence. He vehemently preached against […]

Today in History May 10

The Astor Place Riot occurred on May 10, 1849 and left a few dozen rioters dead and more than one hundred injured.

The Astor Place Riot occurred on May 10, 1849 and left a few dozen rioters dead and more than one hundred injured. 28 BC – A sunspot is observed by Han dynasty astronomers during the reign of Emperor Cheng of Han, one of the earliest dated sunspot observations. 1503 – Christopher Columbus visits the Cayman […]