Category Archives: HISTORY

19th Century sport in Scotland

19th Century sport in Scotland


Communal games involving men and older boys ranged up and down the streets of many towns and can still be observed each New Year in Kirkwall’s Ba’ Game, between „Uppies“ and „Doonies“ on 1st January. The border towns kept their Common Ridings, and many others celebrated an annual beating of the bounds, in all cases accompanied by fairgrounds, music, dancing and the public consumption of a great deal of alcohol.

On this day – 25th May

On this day – 25th May

585 BC   The first known prediction of a solar eclipse was made in Greece

1844   The gasoline engine was patented by Stuart Perry
1895   Oscar Wilde, a playwright, poet and novelist, was convicted of a morals charge and sentenced to prison in London
1925   John Scopes was indicted for teaching the Darwinian theory in school
1935   Jesse Owens tied the world record for the 100-yard dash. He ran it in 9.4 seconds. He also broke three other world track records

Tamerlane, A Fearless Mongolian Conqueror

Tamerlane, A Fearless Mongolian Conqueror

Tamerlane (also Tamberlaine; 1336-1405) was a fiery, charismatic, brutal Mongol ruler who attempted to reclaim Genghis Khan’s empire in the fourteenth century. His bloody reign inspired poetry from such later writers as Christopher Marlowe, Lord Byron, and Edgar Allan Poe.

On this day – 24th May

On this day – 24th May

1543  Nicolaus Copernicus published proof of a sun-centered solar system

1798   Believing that a French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the British occupation
1822  At the Battle of Pichincha, Simon Bolivar secured independence of the Quito
1844  Samuel F.B. Morse formally opened America’s first telegraph line. The first message was sent from Washington, DC, to Baltimore, MD. The message was “What hath God wrought?”

On this day – 23rd May

On this day – 23rd May

1430  Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians. She was then sold to the English

1827  The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City
1915  During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary
1934  In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The bank robbers were riding in a stolen Ford Deluxe.