This Week In History

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

February 28         1784: John Wesley chartered the Methodist Church.       1827: The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was incorporated. 1844: A gun aboard USS…


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

February 14         1349: In Strasbourg, France, several hundred Jews were burned to death by mobs that blamed them for the Black Death sweeping…


THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

February 21 1673: French playwright and actor Moliere (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), collapsed during a performance of his new play, Le Malade Imagi-naire (The Hypochondriac) and died…


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February 7 1497: The bonfire of the vanities occurred in which supporters of Girolamo Savo-narola burned thousands of objects such as cosmetics, art and books…


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January 31 1747: The first venereal diseases clinic opened at London Lock Hospital. 1865: As the Civil War began winding down, Confed-erate general and traitor…


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January 24 1848: The California Gold Rush began when James W. Marshall found gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento. 1908: The Boy Scouts movement began…


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1902: Inventor Gustav Whitehead successfully flew an airplane of his own design for about seven miles near Bridgeport, Conn. This was Whitehead’s second flight (the…



THIS WEEK IN HISTORY

January 3 1496: Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tested a flying machine. 1957: The Hamilton Watch Co. introduced the first electric wristwatch. 1959: Alaska became the…