Princess Alexandra Amelie of Bavaria was observed awkwardly walking sideways down the corridors of her family palace. When questioned by her worried royal parents, she announced that she had swallowed a grand glass piano. Glass delusions were quite regularly reported by physicians in the 19th century but are now seemingly extinct in a curious cultural shift in madness. People who experienced the delusion believed that their body was entirely, or in part, made of glass.
Sir Francis Drake - Born, Tavistock,Devon around Feb. or March 1544.Vice Admiral, English Se Captain, privateer, navigator, politician of the Elizabethan Era. Queen Elizabeth knighted Drake in 1581. He was 2nd in command of the English fleet against the Spanish Armada (1588). He carried out the 2nd circumnavigation of the world (1577-1580).He was a hero to the English but a pirate to the Spaniards. Died on (Jan.1596)
This Day in History: Dec 18, 1878: The death of Molly-ism
Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729 – 14 December 1780) was a composer, actor, and writer. He is the first known Black Briton to vote in a British election. He gained fame in his time as “the extraordinary Negro”, and to 18th century British abolitionists he became a symbol of the humanity of Africans and immorality of the slave trade. The Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African, edited and published two years after his death, is one of the earliest accounts of African slavery
She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands. So why has no-one heard of Britain's FIRST serial killer, Mary Ann Cotton?
Britian's first serial killer - Mary Ann Cotton. She poisoned 21 people including her own mother, children and husbands.
Knights Templar heirs in legal battle with the Pope
Jacques de Molay, the 23rd and Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is lead to the stake to burn for heresy. In 2008; The Order of Temple of Christ, who members claim to descend from crusaders filed a lawsuit against Benedict XVI calling him to recognize the seizure of assets worth 100 billion euros. Saying when the order was dissolved by Pope Clement V in 1307, Not to reclaim damages but to restore the "good name" of the Knights Templar.
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