Today in History April 8

A page from The Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Bible was among the earliest books printed using mass-produced movable metal type in Europe and marked the start of the age of printed books in the West. 451 – Attila’s Huns plunder Metz 529 – First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (“Body of Civil Law“) is issued by order of Justinian I, Eastern […]

Today in History April 5

An 1850s painting of John Rolfe and Pocahontas

An 1850s painting of John Rolfe and Pocahontas 1566 – Two-hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces. 1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe. 1621 – […]

Today in History April 4

1887 Argonia, Kansas elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States pictured here with her husband

1887 Argonia, Kansas elects Susanna M. Salter as the first female mayor in the United States pictured here with her husband 1460 – University of Basle in Swizerland forms 1660 – English king Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion) 1686 – English king James II publishes Declaration of Indulgence 1687 – King […]

Today in History

Professor Einstein

Professor Einstein 999 – Gerbert of Aurillac elected as first French Pope 1513 – Florida discovered, claimed for Spain by Ponce de Leon 1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint. 1800 – first performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 1st Symphony in C 1884 – London prison for debtors closed 1912 […]

Today in History April 1

Yoko and John

Today in History April 1 Yoko and John 1748 – Ruins of Pompeii found 1789 – US House of Representatives first full meeting in New York City 1826 – Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine 1853 – Cincinnati became first US city to pay firefighters a regular salary 1854 – Hard Times begins serialisation in […]

Today in History March 29

The Petersburg Tollhouse, on the National Road in Addison, Pennsylvania

The Petersburg Tollhouse, on the National Road in Addison, Pennsylvania 845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collects a huge ransom in exchange for leaving. 1792 – King Gustav III of Sweden dies after being shot in the back at a midnight masquerade ball at Stockholm’s Royal Opera 13 […]

Today in History March 28

Henri Fabre in 1910 with his seaplane, Hydravion

Henri Fabre in 1910 with his seaplane, Hydravion AD 37 – Roman emperor Caligula accepts the titles of the Principate, bestowed on him by the Senate. 1842 – First concert of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Otto Nicolai. 1854 – Crimean War: France and Britain declare war on Russia. 1871 – The Paris Commune […]

Today in History March 27

Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev 196 BC – Ptolemy V ascends to the throne of Egypt 1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida 1625 – Charles I, King Of England, Scotland and Ireland, ascends English throne 1668 – English king Charles II gives Bombay to East India Company 1790 – The modern shoestring (string and shoe […]

Today in History March 26

Othmar Ammann

Othmar Ammann contributions to New York City are the George Washington (pictured here) Bayonne, Triborough, Bronx-Whitestone, Throgs Neck, and Verrazano-Narrows. Ammann’s long-span bridges came to define an epoch and shape the modern New York metropolis. 1780 – First British Sunday newspaper appears (Brit Gazette & Sunday Monitor) 1812 – Earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas Venezuela; […]

Today in History March 25

Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson 708 – Constantine begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1584 – Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert’s patent to explore North America 1609 – Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co 1655 – Christiaan Huygens discovers Titan, Saturn’s largest satellite 1807 – First railway passenger service began in England […]