Category Archives: 1720s and before

Virginia Dare becomes first English child born in Americas 430 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 18 1587)


Video: 'VIRGINIA DARE (FINAL)'


(Friday, August 18, 1587)Virginia Dare, granddaughter of Governor John White of the Colony of Roanoke, today became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now Roanoke Island in North Carolina (Virginia and the other Roanoke colonists ended up mysteriously disappearing). Continue reading Virginia Dare becomes first English child born in Americas 430 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 18 1587)

King Macbeth killed at Battle of Lumphanan 960 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1057)


Video: 'MacBeth - Scottish History - The Last Highland King'

(Friday, August 15, 1057)Macbeth, King of Scots, was killed today at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada, the eldest son of King Duncan, whom Macbeth had slain. Continue reading King Macbeth killed at Battle of Lumphanan 960 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Aug 15 1057)

First recorded sighting of North America by a European 520 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 24 1497)


Video: 'John Cabot - Mini Biography'

(Saturday, June 24, 1497) — The first recorded sighting of North America by a European took place today as explorer John Cabot spotted land, somewhere between Halifax and southern Labrador in present-day Canada. Continue reading First recorded sighting of North America by a European 520 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 24 1497)

English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia 410 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1607)


Video: 'C-SPAN Cities Tour - Virginia Beach: History of Cape Henry'

(Sunday, April 26, 1607) — English colonists went ashore today at present-day Cape Henry, Virginia, on an expedition to establish the first permanent English settlement in the Western Hemisphere. Continue reading English colonists make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia 410 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 26 1607)

First map bearing the name ‘America’ produced 510 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 25 1507)


Video: 'How America Got Its Name'

(Sunday, April 25, 1507) — A world map produced today by German cartographer Martin Waldseemueller contained the first recorded use of the term “America,” in honor of Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci. Continue reading First map bearing the name ‘America’ produced 510 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Apr 25 1507)

England’s King Henry VIII dies 470 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 28 1547)


Video: 'Documentary | Henry VIII - The Most Iconic King of English History'

(Friday, January 28, 1547) — England’s King Henry VIII, best known for his six marriages and, in particular, his efforts to have his first marriage, to Catherine of Aragon, annulled, died today at the age of 55 in the Palace of Whitehall; he was succeeded by his 9-year-old son, Edward VI. Continue reading England’s King Henry VIII dies 470 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 28 1547)

Great Fire of London breaks out 350 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 2 1666)


Video: '2nd September 1666: Great Fire of London breaks out in Pudding Lane'

(Sunday, September 2, 1666, a little after midnight local time) — A large fire broke out in the City of London today in the house of a baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge, destroying more than 13,000 buildings including Old St Paul’s Cathedral, over the next three days. Only six verified deaths were recorded.