2 April

742        Charlemagne (born), Frankish king (died 814) 1412      Ruy Gonzáles de Clavijo (died), Spanish author 1453      The Ottoman Sultan Mehmet II begins the siege of Constantinople. 1513      Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now Florida. 1565      Cornelis de Houtman (born), Dutch explorer (died 1599) 1618      Francesco Maria Grimaldi (born),… Continue reading

Back At The Computer

It has been several months since I have been able to sit down and think about writing the blog again, but I am happy to report I am back at it and hope to live up to my newly announced status as Curmudgeon Extraordinaire.  Hopefully you have noticed the new format for the blog.  Given that… Continue reading

31 December

1384     John Wycliffe (died), English theologian and translator (born circa 1328) 1491     Jacques Cartier (born), French explorer (died 1557) 1514     Andreas Vesalius (born), Flemish anatomist (died 1564) 1600     The British East India Company is chartered. 1687     The first Huguenots set sail from France to the Cape of Good Hope. 1695     A window tax is imposed… Continue reading