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This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: February
This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: February

Take a look back at this month in history. On February 11, 1835 an American slave ship, the Enterprise was travelling between Alexandria, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina, when it was caught in bad weather and forced to land in Bermuda in hurricane force winds. The ship was carrying 78 enslaved men, women and children, including two of Bermudian Edward DeShield’s ancestors, Mary and Mahalia Warfield, his paternal great grandmother and great aunt. As recorded by DeShields in 1998, Bermudian Pilot Swan…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: January

Take a look back at this month in history. Using a telescope he had made himself, Galileo discovered on January 7, 1610 what he thought were four stars. However, later he realized they were actually four moons orbiting the planet…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: December

Gaol NutsA report in the December 10, 1844 issue of the Royal Gazette reminds us that the pieces of stone used to make Bermuda’s roads were locally known as “gaol nuts”. It says sanctimoniously: “The hard labour of punishment now…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: November

Blue Mist PhenomenaNovember 6, 1818, the Bermuda Gazette reported: “The Islands have been enveloped in a blueish mist, which some say is smoke from the American Continent whilst others conceive it to be only the vapour exhaled from the Gulf…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: October

First Attempted Aerial Crossing of the AtlanticOn 15 October 1910, Walter Wellman, explorer and aeronaut, took off from Atlantic City, New Jersey, in his airship, the America, to attempt the first aerial crossing of the Atlantic. He was accompanied by…