Category: Today in Religion

  • John Walker Invents Portable Fire

    John Walker Invents Portable Fire

    On May 1, 1859, John Walker died. At the time, nobody really knew how he had contributed to the betterment of society. Yet, after death, everyone learned that he discovered how to create portable fire in what we call strike matches. Born in 1781, John Walker started his career as an assistant surgeon. Quickly he […]

  • Adolf Hitler – Death of a Dictator

    Adolf Hitler – Death of a Dictator

    On April 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler, the German Dictator, committed suicide rather than surrender to the Allies. Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany in the 1930s. During this time Germany suffered economically from caps put on them after World War I. The German people needed hope and Hitler gave it to them. Through different […]

  • Thesaurus Published for the First Time

    Thesaurus Published for the First Time

    On April 29, 1852, Peter Mark Roget published his Thesaurus for the first time. He called it “Dr. Roget’s Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases classified and arranged to facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition”. Born in England in 1779, Peter Mark Roget grew up to have a career as a […]

  • The University of Santo Tomas Established

    The University of Santo Tomas Established

    April 28, 1611, saw the founding of the oldest existing university in Asia, called The University of Santo Tomas (UST), in the Philippines. Bishop Miguel de Benavides, the third archbishop of Manila, made UST possible. In 1605, he gave his personal library and 1,500 pesos to establish a learning institution. Sadly he died before its […]

  • Witold Pilecki Escapes Auschwitz

    Witold Pilecki Escapes Auschwitz

    Early in the hours of April 27, 1943, Witold Pilecki and two other prisoners escaped Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Unlike most of the other prisoners, Witold Pilecki volunteered to enter the concentration camp. He hoped to start an underground resistance, boost morale, and obtain information. After his capture in 1940, he succeeded. Through his efforts, he […]

  • The Chernobyl Disaster Anniversary

    The Chernobyl Disaster Anniversary

    The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26, 1986. Just over an hour after midnight, radiation escaped the plant, affecting thousands. In Ukraine lays a ghost town called Chernobyl. Though few have visited, most have heard the name. A disaster occurred in this town that scared the world. In this town lay a nuclear power plant. […]

  • The Trojan Horse – A Cautionary Tale

    The Trojan Horse – A Cautionary Tale

    According to tradition, on April 24, 1184 B.C., the Greeks left a large wooden horse for the people of Troy. While Troy thought the gift represented a win, secretly the Trojan Horse represented a victory for the Greeks. Homer claims to tell the truthful tale about a war between the Greeks and Troy. In this […]

  • Shakespeare – The Great Playwright Dies

    Shakespeare – The Great Playwright Dies

    On April 23, 1616, William Shakespeare died of unknown causes. At only 52 years old rumors surrounded his death. The oldest son of a prominent man in his town, Shakespeare attended grammar school where he learned to write. This would help him earn his living. Just after turning 18, Shakespeare married his wife. They had […]

  • Earth Day Started in 1970

    Earth Day Started in 1970

    On April 22, people celebrate the earth for Earth Day. During this time people work to conserve energy, plant trees, and take care of the earth. This day encourages people to a greater awareness of our environment and the need to take care of it. Before 1970, some people worried about the earth, but most […]

  • Maryland Toleration Act – Religious Freedom?

    Maryland Toleration Act – Religious Freedom?

    In 1649, Maryland passed the Maryland Toleration Act in its colonies. This act allowed some religious freedom. Many colonists in Maryland started as catholic. As the colonies grew more and more protestants and other religions moved in. Worried about what might happen to them, the colonists decided to pass the Maryland Toleration Act. This act […]