"History is past politics, and politics present history." John Robert Seeley

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see." Winston Churchill

"What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing." Aristotle


Today in History: 12th April


1663: Heresy – Galileo’s trial regarding heresy against Catholic doctrine begins. He is eventually convicted of heresy for promulgating the theory that the Sun was the centre of the cosmos and the Earth revolved around it.

1770: Repeal – The British Government repeal the hated Townshend Act, a British tax on tea and glass in the American colonies

1847: Famine Aid – The American relief ship, Jamestown, lands supplies in Cobh, Co. Cork for famine victims

1861: Civil War – The first shots of the American Civil War are fired on Fort Sumter

1961: Pioneer – Yuri Gagarin (USSR) becomes the first man in space on board Vostok-1

1981: Shuttle – The first space shuttle, Columbia (STS-1) is launched from Cape Canaveral



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