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This Month Years Ago: May
This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: May

Pictured above: Aquarium Curator James Burnett-Herkes “rescues” a 20-ft. sperm whale which had got itself trapped in Castle Harbour. Mr Burnett-Herkes and helpers bent a line on to the whale’s tail and towed it out through Castle Roads. Last seen the whale was high-tailing it to the deep blue. In May 1907, Anna Jarvis held a ceremony at Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, honouring mothers. A larger ceremony was held at the same church on May 10,…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: April

Take a look back at this month in history. The very first gunshot of the American Revolutionary War sounded on 19 April 1775, precipitating the Battle of Lexington in Massachusetts. Who actually fired the shot is unknown but his action…


This Month in History

This Month Years Ago: March

Take a look back at this month in history. March 10, 1973, Sir Richard Christopher Sharples, the Governor of Bermuda, was assassinated near Government House. After a dinner party, the Governor took his Great Dane, Horsa, for a walk in…


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…


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…