Today in history

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

June 24

1314:  Scottish forces, led by Robert the Bruce, win an overwhelming
victory against King Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn.

1901: The first major exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s art opens in
Paris. The little known 19 year old had already produced hundreds of
paintings, and the 75 on display showed obvious talent. He would go on
to be regarded as the dominant figure in 20th-century art.

1995:  South African President Nelson Mandela is on hand to cheer
the home team on to win the William Webb Ellis Trophy over New Zealand
in the Rugby World Cup.

1905:   The “New Zealand Truth” hits the newsstands. It reached it’s
peak in the 1950s and 1960s, when 1 in 2 households brought it.
Originally with a left-leaning stance, it later took a more conservative
look at issues, railing against reds under the bed, unionists,
bludgers and long-haired students. It ceased publication in 2013.

1441:  Eton College is founded by Henry VI.