Today In The Past





1267 – Vienna’s church orders all Jews to wear a distinctive garb

1278 – Jews of England imprisoned on charges of coining

1291 – Scottish nobles recognize authority of English king Edward I

1427 – Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland

1497 – Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci leaves for 1st voyage to the New World

1503 – Columbus discovers Cayman Islands

1534 – French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Newfoundland

1559 – Scottish Protestants under John Knox uprise against queen-mother Mary

1652 – John Johnson, a free black, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Va

1655 – Jamaica captured by English




1676 – Bacon’s Rebellion, frontiersmenvsVirginiagovernmentbegins







1752 – Benjamin Franklins 1st tests the lightning rod

1768 – John Wilkes is imprisoned for writing an article for The North Briton severely criticizing King George III. This action provokes rioting in London.


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