Category Archives: HISTORY

On this day – 17th May

On this day – 17th May


1630   Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi saw the belts on Jupiter’s surface

1756   Britain declared war on France, beginning the French and Indian War.
1861   The first colour photograph is exhibited at the Royal Institution in London

Who was Alexander Selkirk?

Who was Alexander Selkirk?

Cast away on a desert island, surviving on what nature alone can provide, praying for rescue but fearing the sight of a boat on the horizon. These are the imaginative creations of Daniel Defoe in his famous novel Robinson Crusoe. Yet the story is believed to be based on the real-life experience of sailor Alexander Selkirk, marooned in 1704 on a small tropical island in the Pacific for more than four years, and now archaeological evidence has been found to support contemporary records of his existence on the island.

On this day – 16th May

On this day – 16th May

1770   Marie Antoinette, at age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15.

1881   In Germany the first electric tram for the public started service.
1920   Joan of Arc was canonized in Rome
1960   A Big Four summit in Paris collapsed due to the American U-2 spy plane incident.

Magna Carta

Magna Carta

Magna Carta (Latin for “Great Charter”) is one of the most celebrated documents in English history. At the time it was the solution to a political crisis in Medieval England but its importance has endured as it has become recognised as a cornerstone of liberty influencing much of the civilized world.

On this day – 15th May

On this day – 15th May

1718   London lawyer James Puckle patents the machine gun

1829   The US Congress designates the slave trade as piracy
1918   The world’s first regular air mail service begins between Washington and New York
1957   Britain’s first H-bomb is dropped on Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean
1988   The USSR begins evacuating troops from Afghanistan