Historical

The London International Surrealists Exhibition

Justin & Stephanie Pollard

Works by artists including Dalí, Duchamp and Picasso went on display at the Burlington Gallery on 11 June 1936. Following a chance meeting, Roland Penrose, a young artist, and David Gascoyne, a young poet with a passion for Surrealism, decided to organise an exhibition in London, where the movement was all but unknown. They [...]
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Source: History Today

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an opulent imperial-era residence on the banks of the Tiber near the Milvian Bridge. The site was found last November during a preventative archaeology survey in advance of utility works, but excavations were suspended and trenches filled in out of concern that the seasonal rise of the water level in the Tiber would damage the ancient remains.

Excavations have started again in the spring. [...]

Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Source: The History Blog

On this day in 1752, Benjamin Franklin flies a kite during a thunderstorm and collects a charge in a Leyden jar when the kite is struck by lightning, enabling him to demonstrate the electrical nature of lightning. Franklin became interested in electricity in the mid-1740s, a time when much was still unknown on the topic, and spent almost a decade conducting electrical experiments. He coined a number of terms used today, including [...]

Sat, Jun 09, 2018

The Battle of Wagram took place on July 5 and 6th, 1809, near what is today the Austrian town of Deutsch-Wagram. In the clash between the forces of Napoleon's French Empire and the Austrian Empire, an estimated 55,000 soldiers died, one of whom was the Baron Jean-Baptiste Deban de Laborde, the French Hussar whose sons would later be so memorably depicted in miniature version of his uniforms.

The general [...]

Sat, Jun 09, 2018
Source: The History Blog
A Light in the Darkness

Alexander Lee

A children's opera brought a brief respite from the terrors of the Holocaust. [[{"fid":"41926","view_mode":"float_right","fields":{"format":"float_right","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Brief happiness: programme for the opera Brundibár, performed at Terezin, 1943.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Brief happiness: programme for the opera Brundibár, performed at Terezin, 1943.","external_url":""},"link_text":null,"type":"media","field_deltas":{"1":{"format":"float_right","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"Brief happiness: programme for the opera Brundibár, performed at Terezin, 1943.","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":"Brief happiness: programme for the opera Brundibár, performed at Terezin, 1943.","external_url":""}},"attributes":{"alt":"Brief happiness: programme for [...]
Thu, Jun 07, 2018
Source: History Today

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