Browsing: April 25

A Brief History On April 25, 799, Pope Leo III was leading a procession honoring St. Mark in Rome, chanting prayers and responses with the crowd, a practice called the Greater Litanies. During this exercise of his sacred duties, supporters of his predecessor, Pope Adrian I, including the former Pope’s nephew attacked Leo in an attempt to poke out the pontiff’s eyes and cut off his tongue!  (Note: In 2018 the cable news giant CNN is airing a 6 part mini-series called Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, starring Liam Neeson. The show airs on Sundays at 10 pm…

A Brief History On April 25, 404 B.C., during the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.), Lysander’s Spartan armies defeated the Athenians and the war finally ended. Digging Deeper The Peloponnesian War was an ancient Greek war fought by Athens and its empire against the Peloponnesian League led by Sparta.  The war dragged on for nearly three decades and expanded beyond Greece to as far away as Sicily with neither side apparently able to win a decisive, war-ending battle, at least until the skillful Spartan general Lysander (died 395 B.C.) entered the fray. Unlike some of his predecessors, the new Spartan general, Lysander,…

A Brief History On April 25, 1792, the guillotine was served its first victim.  Meant to be a humane form of capital punishment, other modern forms have also attempted to achieve a quick and painless death for the condemned.  Other methods have been purposely designed to cause pain and terror, both to the condemned and to potential violators. H ere are 10 methods of execution that are not very humane, even if they were intended to be. Obviously, there are many more interesting methods of execution, so stay tuned for a sequel list on this website.  How do you think…

A Brief History The French Revolution was easily one of the most significant political revolutions in history and Napoleon was one of the greatest military leaders of all time.  Their era in history is not surprisingly full of bizarre moments as captured in the following timeline. Prologue On August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born.  He would later go on to be known for many things, including his image as depicted in numerous great works of art, often times depicted wearing a particular article of clothing: tights.  Multiple men have made their mark on the world while wearing tights. On…

A Brief History On April 25, 1792, a major step in the history of execution devices was made when a “highwayman” (robber) became the first victim of the Guillotine. Digging Deeper Revolutionary France struggled to find humanity amid the brutality of the revolution. Although not the inventor of the guillotine, its use was proposed to the revolutionary government by Joseph-Iganace Guillotin who was recommending a system of capital punishment in keeping with the ideals of the revolution.  Aside from the swift and sure death the guillotine offered, it was to be the only method of execution for people of any…

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