This Day in History

This day in history, April 24th.

Many interesting and intriguing events occurred on April 24th throughout history. Here are a few:

1184 BC – The Trojan Horse enters Troy and the pathetic Trojans are no more (I’m not sure how this one is known, but I’m a skeptic. Secretly, I’ve always wished that the Trojans had won the war!)

Detail from The Procession of the Trojan Horse...

Detail from The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy by Domenico Tiepolo (1773), inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1800 – The Library of Congress is founded
1872 – The problematic Mount Vesuvius decides to erupt (Yep, it’s the bugger that destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in AD 79)

Vesuvius from plane

Vesuvius from plane (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1898 – The Spanish-American War is one day old! (Spain declared war on the 23rd, though the US Congress said that a state of war had existed since the 21st )
2005 – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger becomes the 265th Pope.

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