This Day in History is DUE’s daily dose of trivia for all the history buffs out there. So sit back and take a ride of all the fascinating things that happened today!
People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people, and hence, every day has been a significant one in the foibles of history. Now, let’s take a tour of “This Day in History – 13th June”.
1831: James Maxwell is born
Best known for his formulation of electromagnetic theory, James Clerk Maxwell was born on this day in Scotland. His ideas also gave thought to the quantum theory, one of the major inventions of physics in the 20th century.
1865: Birth of WB Yeats
One of the most influential poets of the 20th century, William Butler Yeats was born on this day in Ireland. He incorporated his Irish culture and themes in a lot of works, though he stayed in London for fourteen years of his childhood. Yeats was also involved in studies of the occult. He was a part of the Golden Dawn, a secret society that practised ritual magic. Yeats received Nobel Prize for literature in 1923.
1920: Sending kids via parcel made illegal
In the start, some people used the parcel service in the U.S. to mail their children. There was no clear restriction and the cost of stamps was cheaper than train tickets so some parents used this method. It was on this day that an end was put to this practice as children couldn’t be classified as ‘harmless living animals’.
1981: Chris Evans’s birthday
Chris Evans, best known as Captain America of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was born on this day. He was firstly hesitant in accepting the role owing to the long commitment but then accepted it. Christopher Robert Evans also starred as Human Torch in Fantastic Four. Evans turned 40 today.
2007: Frida Kahlo’s largest exhibition opens in Mexico
To mark the 100th anniversary of her birth the first large scale exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work opened at Palacio de Bellas Artes. Around 350 art pieces, including 50 letters written by Kahlo, more than 100 photos went on display. The exhibition also included a collection of paintings being shown for the first time.