7 August 1420 – Construction of the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.

The “Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore” (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Flower) is the main church of Florence, Italy. “Il Duomo di Firenze”, as it is ordinarily called, was begun in 1296 and completed in 1436 with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the… Read More 7 August 1420 – Construction of the Dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence.

Haile Selassie

Today, Rastafarians mark the birthday of Haile Selassie I, former Emperor of Ethiopia, who is regarded as God. Haile Selassie I (23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975), was Ethiopia’s regent from 1916 to 1930 and emperor from 1930 to 1974. He also served as Chairperson of the Organisation of African Unity . The Rastafari… Read More Haile Selassie

15 July 1799: the Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta

In 1799, during Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign, a French soldier discovered a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in three different languages, which were three versions of the same decree, issued at Memphis, Egypt in… Read More 15 July 1799: the Rosetta Stone is found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta

12 July, 1562: Fray Diego de Landa burns the sacred books of the Maya.

Among the first Spaniards to venture into the Yucatán Peninsula, the Franciscan friar Diego de Landa owes his fame, and infamy, to two distinct but related actions: 1. He is the author of the “Relación de las cosas de Yucatán” (Account of the Things of Yucatán,) : a document providing a vivid, detailed description of… Read More 12 July, 1562: Fray Diego de Landa burns the sacred books of the Maya.