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this day in the yesteryear: The “Trial of the Century” Begins (1935)

The “Trial of the Century” Begins (1935)

Bruno Hauptmann, a German immigrant to the US, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr., the young son of famed pilot Charles Lindbergh. Hauptmann had been found with part of the ransom money, but the case against him has since come under scrutiny. It has been alleged that some of the evidence used to convict him was planted and that false testimony was given at the trial. What was discovered in 1985 that shed new light on the case? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: Columbus Day

Columbus Day

When the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) first landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, he believed that he had reached the East Indies. Despite his error in judgment, Columbus is credited with opening the New World to European colonization, and the anniversary of his landing on the Bahamian island of San Salvador is commemorated in the US with parades, patriotic ceremonies, and pageants reenacting the historic landing. In 1991, Berkeley, California, cancelled Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous People’s Day. More… Discuss

Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria

Wreck May Be that of Santa Maria

“In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Three ships set out on this historic voyage, the Santa María, the Niña, and the Pinta, but only two returned. The Santa María ran aground on a reef near Haiti on Christmas Day and was stripped of its timbers for use in building a small fort, La Navidad, on the island—the first European settlement in the New World. Now, more than 500 years later, the remains of the famous ship may have been located. Further investigation is needed to conclusively identify the wreck, but its size and location are consistent with historic records. More… Discuss

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Christopher Columbus First Sights the Caribbean Island of Dominica (1493)

On the first Sunday in November 1493, Christopher Columbus spotted a mountainous island between Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Caribbean Sea. Ignoring the fact that its Carib inhabitants already had a name for the island, Columbus renamed it Dominica, the Latin name for the day of the week on which he spotted it. The Caribs managed to resist Spanish efforts to colonize the island but were unable to fend off the British and French. When did Dominica finally gain its independence? More…Discuss