The Obelisks of Ancient Egypt

One of the oldest and most iconic structures of ancient Egypt is the obelisk. A rising tower of stone, it was designed to astound mortals with its height and impress the immortals More »

The baby who provoked a revolution

The birth of a male heir to James II of England made possible a permanent Catholic dynasty. Several Protestants echoed Mary and Anne’s doubts that the baby had been smuggled into the More »

Red Indians and how to tame them

The Elizabethans’ colonial voyages brought them into contact with a people very different level of civilisation from their own—the ‘Indians’ of the New World, as is illustrated by the account written in More »

Mormons in search of Promised Land, 1846-69

The Mormons have been described as the most systematic, organised, disciplined and successful pioneers in American history. For over 20 years they were one of the main forces driving the settlement of More »

‘Alien’ citizens in the Medieval England

Thousands of foreigners poured into England in the Middle Ages. Similar like today, they have been attracted to England by job opportunities or possibility to study. Finding these everyday immigrants is no easy task. More »

 

On this day – 20th May

On this day – 20th May

1506 In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty

1674 John Sobieski became Poland’s first King
1784 The Peace of Versailles ended a war between France, England, and Holland
1899 Jacob German of New York City became the first driver to be arrested for speeding. The posted speed limit was 12 miles per hour

Native Indian Women in U.S. Army – from American Revolution to Vietnam War

Native Indian Women in U.S. Army – from American Revolution to Vietnam War

The history of female soldiers in American Army goes far back to the beginning of the creation of new, independant state of America. There are several women who fight next to their fellows in the war against Britain – Deborah Samson (which joined army disguised like a young man), Margaret Corbin, Angelica Vrooman, Anna Warner…

On this day – 19th May

On this day – 19th May

1536   Anne Boleyn, the second wife of England’s King Henry VIII, was beheaded after she was convicted of adultery.

1643   Delegates from four New England colonies met in Boston to form a confederation.
1906   The 19 km long Simplon Tunnel linking Italy and Switzerland through the Alps is officially opened.

Technology in Europe: 15th and 16th Century

Technology in Europe: 15th and 16th Century

Technological development in the 15th and 16th centuries were generally limited to improvements on medieval innovations. The voyages of discovery were made possible by improvements in the compass and the astrolabe (used to determine latitude). New rigging techniques made ships more maneuverable and better able to sail off the wind.

On this day – 18th May

On this day – 18th May

1302   The weaver Peter de Coningk led a massacre of the Flemish oligarchs.

1652   In Rhode Island, a law was passed that made slavery illegal in North America. It was the first law of its kind.
1804   Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed emperor by the French Senate.