Category Archives: history

Glatt Thanksgiving

The Brownist English Dissenters fled their homeland in the 16th and 17th Century to escape religious persecution by the Church of England, which worsened with the return of the Catholic Stuarts’ return to the throne. Leyden in Holland welcomed the refugees, but the Puritans led a precarious economic existence in the Netherlands, whose people were […]

October 13, 1492

FROM THE DIARY OF CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 1492 As soon as it dawned, many of these people came to the beach?all young, as I have said, and all of good stature?very handsome people, with their hair not curly but straight and coarse, like horsehair; and all of them very wide in-the forehead and […]

Happy Columbus Day

Five hundred and twenty-seven years ago Rodrigo de Triana spotted land at 2am from the Pinta’s lookout. “Tierra, tierra.” This shout woke his shipmates and the captain of this small caravel fired a cannon to announced the epic discovery of land. Later that day the three ships of Christopher Columbus or Cristoforo Colombo arrived at […]

October 8

October 8 has been the date of many important historical events. In 1600 San Marino adopted its written constitution. In 1956 New York Yankees’s Don Larsen pitched a perfect game in the World Series. In 1967 Guerrilla leader Che Guevara and his men are captured in Bolivia. And in 2001 U.S. President George W. Bush […]

Summer Solstice 2020

Yesterday was the official summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The day lasted almost sixteen hours in New York and the sun never set in Murmansk, Russia. I woke well before the dawn and went to sleep far past sunset, as the Earth polar cap tipped toward the nearest star 93 million miles away from […]