1542: The Roman Inquisition is established. Hold on to your heads! (and fingers and toes…)
Pope Paul V, by Caravaggio, public domain
Fun Fact: The inquisition’s most famous defendant is probably Galileo Galilei (the telescope guy!) He was hauled before the inquisition in 1633 on charges that his scientific findings denied the existence of God. Despite protestations he was found guilty of heresy.
1514: The rebellion of Hungarian peasants under George Dozsa is defeated at the Siege of Temesvar. They weren’t Hungary enough, I guess.
Costumes of Peasants from Romania, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany, from ‘Esquisses de la Vie Populaire en Hongroie’ by Gabriel de Pronay, 1855 (colour litho); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France [public domain]
1870: The can opener is patented by William Lyman, a good fifty years after the tin can was invented. Luckily all the contents were well preserved.
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1553 - 15-year-old Lady Jane Grey was deposed as England’s Queen after only 9 days. It’s important to note that little Lady Grey was only 15 when she qualified for the crown. Jeeze, some kids just can’t handle all that responsibility–it’s only governing over one little country!
She traded ruling the courtyard to ruling to courtroom! For a couple days at least…
1768 - The Boston Gazette published the “Liberty Song,” America’s 1st patriotic song. It was an American Revolutionary War song composed by patriot, John Dickinson. Come, join hand in hand, to sing this tune to the motherland!
1955: Disneyland opens. (Price of admission: $1.) Walt doesn’t invite Mickey to the dedication for fear that the parks failure could tarnish the mouse’s image. He is all but replaced by Tinkerbell, who proceeds to take the mickey out of Mickey.