On this day in history…and some books

Do you ever stop and wonder about history in the context of the current date?

I know I often think about history in the context of big historic arches but very seldom do I slow down and think about what happened on a specific date and in fact the date that it currently is.

So I thought it would be fun to peek into history and see what kinds of things were going on on May 7th.

According to the History channel…

1994

Edvard Munch’s famous painting, “The Scream” was recovered after being stolen from its museum home in Oslo.

Want to know more about thefts in the art world? Check out this book, The Gardner heist: the true story of the world’s largest unsolved art theft, by Ulrich Boser.

1915

The Lusitania¬†is torpedoed and sunk by a German Submarine. The Lusitania was the world’s largest passenger ship of its time, that is until its sister ship was completed.

Want to learn more about this epic tragedy? Read up on it in Diana Preston’s book Lusitania.

1896

Dr. H.H. Holmes, one of America’s notorious serial killers, was hanged to death in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania. Holmes operated during the World’s Fair in Chicago.

Check out the book The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson and read an account of two men who shaped the history of the event including H.H. Holmes and architect Daniel Burnham.

 

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