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On this date in 1678, Lady Godiva made the first of her famous bare—um—back rides through the streets of Coventry. It is thought that she rode side-saddle, and the cheers of the onlookers were the origin of the exclamation, “Hooray for our side!” Hermias of Comana (d. 160) served long in the Roman army, but […]
On this date in 1503, a Treaty of Everlasting Peace was signed between Scotland and England. It lasted ten years. Heliconis (d. 244) moved from her hometown of Thessalonica to Corinth just in time to get caught up in the persecution of Christians. No shrinking violet (or Thessalonican violet equivalent), she began exhorting pagans to […]
On this date in 1927, the Ford Motor Company shut down the assembly lines for the Model T and began retooling to build the Model A. Some historians say the letters U-Z were considered as designations for the new model; others say “B-S.” John the Russian (ca. 1690 – 1730) was born in (what is […]