On This Day: April 29th

On the 29th of April in 1916 the Easter Rising in Ireland came to an end, the insurrection lasted six days before the Irish rebels surrendered in Dublin. The rebellion was organised by the Irish Republican Brotherhood and began on Easter Monday. Members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army and the women’s Cumann…

On This Day: April 28th

Towards the end of World War II in 1945 Benito Mussolini the fascist dictator of Italy was executed along with his mistress Clara Petacci on the 28th of April. He was executed by members of the Italian resistance movement by firing squad. The execution of Mussolini came about after Italy’s presence in World War II…

On This Day: April 27th

In 1667 on the 27th of April John Milton the author of Paradise Lost sold the copyright to Paradise Lost for only £10. Milton had been blind since 1652 and at this time he was also impoverished and needed the money. Ten pounds however is a small amount for such a work, its influences can…

On This Day: April 26th

In 1986 the 26th of April saw the worst nuclear disaster in history. It was the Chernobyl disaster, the event occurred at Reactor 4 and its effects were far-reaching across Europe, even going as far as Norway. An explosion and following fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere. The battle to contain…

On This Day: April 25th

On the 25th of April in 404 BC the 27 year Peloponnesian War came to an end. The war was fought between the Athenian Empire and Sparta and its Peloponnesian League, other notable participants in the war were Thebes and Persia. The war ended after Lysander led the Persian funded Spartan navy to victory against…

On This Day: April 24th

On the 24th of April as well as being my mum’s birthday it was the day Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He became Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill in 1953, he was knighted. Churchill had a long and decorated career in British politics very often at the very centre of affairs, he…

On This Day: April 23rd

In 1660 a treaty was signed between Sweden, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Habsburgs and Brandenburg-Prussia. The treaty made peace which ended the Second Northern War that lasted from 1655-60, the war was primarily between the Swedish Empire and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Brandenburg-Prussians aided teh Swedish and the Habsburg’s aided the Polish. The war wasn’t…

On This Day: April 22nd

In 1970 on the 22nd of April the very first Earth Day was celebrated, it was celebrated by thousands of colleges and schools as well as hundreds of communities across the United States of America. The event brought out around 20 million people for peaceful demonstrations in favour of environmental reforms. Earth Day was founded…

On This Day: April 21st

On the 21st of April in 1926 Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born. She is more commonly known as Elizabeth II of House Windsor, daughter to King George VI she has been the longest reigning monarch in British history as the Queen of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. Her reign as monarch began…

On This Day: April 20th

In 1902 on the 20th of April the Curie couple Marie and Pierre successfully refined radium chloride. Radium chloride (RaCl2) is a chemical compound of radium and chlorine, and the first radium compound isolated in a pure state. The main usage of radium chloride is to separate radium from barium. Marie Curie was a notable…

On This Day: April 19th

In 1987 a near two-minute clip played as part of a segment on the popular Tracy Ullman Show, this clip was conceived by Matt Groening and called “Good Night”, the airing was during the third episode of the Tracy Ullman show. The shorts are called The Simpsons Shorts and there were 48 made, generally most…

On This Day: April 18th

On the 18th of April in the year 1930 a quite historic moment occurred, and it was courtesy of the BBC. For the only time thus far in history there was no news. At what should have been the 6:30pm news bulletin the BBC announced,  “There is no news today”, piano music then followed rather…