St Faustina, born Helena Kowalska, was born in Glogowiec in Poland on this day. This part of Poland was then part of the Russian Empire; Russian emperor Nicholas II also bore the title King of Poland. St Faustina was born to a very poor family w ...

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On this day in 1944, the Nazi German garrison in Paris surrendered to the Allies. Paris had been occupied since June 1940, i.e. for more than four years. The Allies landed on the coast of Normandy in June 1944, and began to advance towards the i ...

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James Watt, one of the world’s most famous inventors, died on this day in 1819. He was a Scottish, born on the banks of the River Clyde, west of Glasgow, where the river starts to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Watt spent most of his life in Engl ...

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On this day in 1914, the Germans committed one of the most terrifying culturecides of World War I. They burned the library of the Catholic University of Leuven, the most famous university in Belgium. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of ...

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On this day in 1609, the famous scientist Galileo Galilei presented his version of the telescope to the Venetian doge and other senior officials in Venice. The telescope was something akin to a wonder of the technological world at the time. Only ...

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