Category: Today in Religion

  • First Deliberate Vaccination Attempt

    First Deliberate Vaccination Attempt

    On May 14, 1796, Edward Jenner took pus from a cowpox pustule and inserted it into a young boy in the first deliberate attempt of vaccination. Through his research, he determined that this would protect the boy from deadly smallpox. Early in his life, Edward Jenner apprenticed to a local surgeon. Then he went to […]

  • Pope John Paul II Shot But Lives

    Pope John Paul II Shot But Lives

    On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II took an open-air car through St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. Just after entering the square, an assassin shot him, but he survived. The assassin, Mehmet Ali Agca, escaped prison from his home country of Turkey and traveled to the Vatican. There, standing among the crowd, he […]

  • Berengaria – Queen From A Distance

    Berengaria – Queen From A Distance

    When someone mentions Richard the Lionheart, most people think of Robin Hood and Prince John. Rarely do we consider the wife of King Richard. Still, on May 12, 1191, King Richard married Princess Berengaria of Navarre. Originally, King Richard was to marry someone else, but his betrothed possibly bore his father’s child. After that, he […]

  • John Bellingham Shoots Spencer Perceval

    John Bellingham Shoots Spencer Perceval

    Late in the afternoon on May 11, 1812, John Bellingham shot and killed Prime Minister Spencer Perceval. A few days after the assassination, at court, his defense attorney tried to use insanity as the reason for what Bellingham did. Bellingham disagreed. He had his own story to tell. Originally, John Bellingham worked as an accountant […]

  • Victoria Woodhull Ran For President

    Victoria Woodhull Ran For President

    On May 10, 1872, The Equal Rights Party nominated Victoria Woodhull for president as the first woman the run for the presidency. Born in 1838 to a con man, Victoria Woodhull grew up traveling. To escape she married at age 15 to a man almost twice her age. He drank and went to brothels so […]

  • Dinosaur Gas Changed the Climate

    Dinosaur Gas Changed the Climate

    On May 7, 2012, the magazine Current Biology released an article about a study that claimed that the dinosaur gas, farts, changed the climate. Cows and other grass-eating animals produce methane when they fart. In fact, they produce millions of tons of it each year. This gas can affect the climate. With this knowledge, some […]

  • The Chunnel Opens Connecting Europe

    The Chunnel Opens Connecting Europe

    On May 6, 1994, the English Queen and French President opened the tunnel connecting their two countries. Since the connection came from a tunnel under the English Channel, people call it the chunnel. England stands as an island in the Atlantic Ocean, closest to France. As a small but prosperous country, people liked to go […]

  • History Behind Cinco De Mayo

    History Behind Cinco De Mayo

    On May 5, 1862, Mexico defeated France in a battle at Puebla. This battle did not end a war, yet we still celebrate it every Cinco de Mayo. Every year, people in the United States celebrate May fifth or Cinco de Mayo, by eating and drinking what they consider Mexican food. Some people throw parties […]

  • Acknowledge The King’s Supremacy or Else

    Acknowledge The King’s Supremacy or Else

    On May 4, 1535, Henry VIII killed five monks who refused to acknowledge his supremacy. Disliking the rules of the Catholic Church, Henry VIII created the Church of England. He made himself the head of the church. Predictably, he did not like it when people questioned his supremacy. As king and now head of his […]

  • The Second Oldest Constitution In the World

    The Second Oldest Constitution In the World

    On May 3, 1791, Poland enacted the second oldest constitution in the world and the first modern one in Europe. The Polish Parliament called the Sejm spent four years drafting this document. The Sejm noticed many problems with their current government system. Susceptible to bribery and other problems, they sought to create a balanced government. […]