On This Day: April 17th

A piece of recent history here, in 2014 NASA made a public announcement of the discovery of a planet with a similar radius to Earths that was also in the habitable zone of another star. The planet is known as Kepler-186f, it is an exoplanet that orbits the red dwarf Kepler-186. It was detected by…

On This Day: April 16th

April 16th in the year 1894 a football team that has become a modern giant in the English game were recreated. Manchester City FC were born that day, they were reformed from Ardwick AFC. Ardwick had recent success with winning the Manchester Cup 1-0 over Newton Heath who became future rivals Manchester United (The team…

On This Day: April 15th

In 1865, on the 15th of April President Abraham Lincoln died. He died at just after 7am in the morning, he had been in a coma for nine hours prior to his death. He died after a shot to the head, it was however originally thought that he had been stabbed in the shoulder which…

On This Day: April 14th

On the 14th of April in the year 193 AD Septimius Severus was proclaimed emperor of Rome. Severus was proclaimed as the emperor during a turbulent period in Roman history. First Emperor Commodus was assassinated, Pertinax was then acclaimed emperor before being killed by the Praetorian Guard in early 193.Severus was then proclaimed as emperor…

On This Day: April 13th

On the 13th of April the Holy Roman Empire crowned a new emperor, it was Henry V. He was the last emperor of the Salian (Frankish) Dynasty. He remained as Holy Roman Emperor until 1125, upon his death he was replaced by Lothair III of the Supplinburg Dynasty. His emperorship was during the final phase…

On This Day: April 12th

In 1961 on April the 12th Yuri Gagarin became the first human to travel into outer space, he performed the first manned orbital flight, Vostok 1. This was a part of the Cold War space race between the two superpowers; the Soviet Union and the United States of America. The space race had begun shortly…

On This Day: April 11th

On the 11th of April in the year 1876 an organisation called the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks was created. They are an American fraternal order that was founded by Joseph M. Norcross, originally founded as a social club in New York. Today however they are headquartered at Elks National veterans Memorial in…

On This Day: April 10th

On the 10th of April 1912 the RMS Titanic set out on its fateful maiden voyage, the ship departed from Southampton on the south coast of England. The ship cost 7.5 million US dollars and was completed in 1912. Titanic’s planned route was Southampton to New York City, it would sail via Cherbourg, France and…

On This Day: April 9th

On Easter Sunday in 1939 a concert was held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. The key performer at the concert was Marian Anderson, Anderson had been denied permission to sing to an integrated audience at a recent perfomance organised by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at Constitution Hall. The refusal to…

On This Day: April 8th

Way back in the year 876 AD the Abbasid Caliphate held control over vast amounts of territory in the Middle East and North Africa. The Abbasid Caliphate was the third of the Islamic caliphates to succeed the Islamic prophet Muhammad. On April 8th of 876 Ad the caliphate was at perhaps its lowest moment in…

On This Day: April 7th

On April 7th 1141 there was a disputed ruler of England, their name was Matilda. She would have been the first female ruler of England, Matilda was also the former Holy Roman Empress whilst married to the then Emperor Henry V. This time of her disputed reign was known as the Anarchy, which was a…

On This Day: April 6th

Today marks the 120th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games, the games took place from April 6th to April 15th in 1896. The event was held in Athens, Greece, this was due to Greece being the birthplace of the original Olympic Games. It had been 1500 years since the original Olympics had beenĀ banned by Roman…