• HISTORY
    23 February 2024: This day in history

    1455: Johannes Gutenberg prints his first Bible (estimated date) [1] 1540: Francisco Vázquez de Coronado’s expedition sets off from Mexico in search of the Seven Cities of Gold (Cibola) 1836: Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed 1904: United States acquires control of […]

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    22 February 2024: This day in history

    303: First official Roman edict for persecution of Christians issued by Emperor Diocletian at Nicomedia, ordering all churches to be closed and scriptures burnt 1632: Galileo Galilei’s book “Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems” is published comparing the Copernican and Ptolemaic systems and whether the Earth orbits the sun 1774: British House of Lords […]

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    21 February 2024: This day in history

    1173: Pope Alexander III canonizes Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury 1613: Michael Romanov, son of the Patriarch of Moscow, is elected the first Russian Tsar of the House of Romanov 1804: The world’s first steam locomotive, built by Richard Trevithick, runs for the first time along the tramway of the Penydarren Ironworks in Merthyr Tydfil, […]

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    20 February 2024: This day in history

    1792: US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance 1872: New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opens 1873: British Naval Officer John Moresby is the first European to discover Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, claims it for the United Kingdom 1938: UK Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden resigns, stating Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain has […]

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    19 February 2024: This day in history

    356: Roman Emperor Constantius II shuts all heathen temples 1600: Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in South American recorded history 1878: Thomas Edison is granted a patent for his cylinder phonograph 1942: An estimated 150 Japanese warplanes attack the Australian city of Darwin 1945: US 5th Fleet launches invasion of Iwo […]

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    18 February 2024: This day in history

    1519: Hernán Cortés leaves Cuba for the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with 11 ships and 500 men 1678: John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published in London, by Nathaniel Ponder 1885: Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US 1917: First major strike of the Russian “February Revolution” starts at the giant Putilov factory […]

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    17 February 2024: This day in history

    1568: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire in exchange for peace 1865: Columbia in South Carolina burns down during the American Civil War 1876: Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine 1972: British Parliament votes to join the European Common Market 2017: Discovery of a new […]

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    16 February 2024: This day in history

    1659: First known cheque written (£400), now on display at Westminster Abbey 1840: American Charles Wilkes discovers the Shackleton Ice Shelf in Antarctica 1923: Howard Carter opens the inner burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb and finds the sarcophagus 1959: Fidel Castro becomes the 16th Prime Minister of Cuba after overthrowing Fulgencio Batista 2005: […]

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    15 February 2024: This day in history

    399: BC Philosopher Socrates is sentenced to death by the city of Athens for corrupting the minds of the youth of the city and for impiety 590: Khosrau II, the last great Sasanian king is crowned King of Persia 1763: Austria, Prussia and Saxony sign the Treaty of Hubertusburg, marking the end of the French and […]

  • HISTORY
    14 February 2024: This day in history

    1014: Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II Holy Roman Emperor 1076: Pope Gregory VII excommunicates Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV (for the 1st time) 1797: Battle of Cape St. Vincent: British fleet under Admiral Sir John Jervis defeats larger Spanish fleet under Admiral Don José de Córdoba y Ramos near Cape St. Vincent, Portugal. Captain […]