DayBird - May 18th
1302 – Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia. According to wikipedia, to distinguish the French from the natives, they asked suspects to repeat the shibboleth: "schild en vriend" which means "shield and friend" a sentence difficult to pronounce for a French speaker.
DayBird - May 17th
1536 - George Boleyn, and four other chaps were beheaded on Tower Hill. George was the brother of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's twenty-seven millionth wife. He was convicted of incest with his sister, the Queen.
DayBird - May 13th
1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
DayBird - May 12th
1820 – Florence Nightingale, Englishwoman who established nursing as a trained profession for women, was born.
DayBird - May 11th
1310 ? In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar are burned at the stake as heretics. King Philip IV of France, deeply in debt to the Order, had them arrested. They were charged with apostasy, idolatry, heresy, obscene rituals and homosexuality, fraud, and worst of all, secrecy.
DayBird - May 10th
70 – Titus, son of Emperor Vespasian, opens a full assault on Jerusalem and attacks the city's Third Wall.
DayBird - May 7th
558 – In Constantinople, the dome of the Hagia Sophia collapses.
1812 – Robert Browning, English poet is born.
1840 – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer, is born.
DayBird - May 6th
1856 - Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, was born in Freiberg, Moravia . "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar." He said that while hopped up on Cocaine. Nah, he didn’t. He did. I think my mom is hot.
DayBird - May 4th
1626 - Dutch explorer Peter Minuit landed on what is now Manhattan.
DayBird - May 3rd
1469 – Niccolò Machiavelli, Italian historian and political author, is born. He is most famous for a short political treatise, The Prince. Though released in book form posthumously in 1532, The Prince was first published as a pamphlet in 1513. In it, Machiavelli outlined his vision of an ideal leader: an amoral, calculating tyrant for whom the end justifies the means. The term "Machiavellian" is used to describe an action undertaken for gain without regard for right or wrong.
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