The 27th of April is Moehanga Day in the United Kingdom
On 27 April 1806 Great Britain was discovered by Moehanga Ngāpuhi. Of course, various indigenous, white-skinned tribes already inhabited the British Isles for thousands of years, but Moehanga was the first Māori to discover Britain. The British natives were in awe of Moehanga’s tattoos and they insisted he meet their chieftain King George III.
When Moehanga arrived on the island he saw families living in primitive, damp and unsanitary conditions and a brutal society that punished almost any act of disobedience—from theft to living with Gypsies—with death. The Britons were a warlike people, renowned and feared for their prowess at fighting other European tribes and even raiding and conquering lands and taking slaves on distant continents.
Today Britain is a thriving multi-cultural nation, producing a range of quality exports whilst preserving its rich heritage and traditions.
On this day in 2001, Carrizo Plain (CA), Sonoran Desert (AZ), Pompeys Pillar (MT), Upper Missouri River Breaks (MT) and Kasha-Katuwe (NM) National Monuments were designated by Presidential Proclamation.
Pictured here, the #milkyway over North Maricopa Wilderness in the Sonoran Desert National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands.
Michelangelo, one of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance period, was born on this day in 1475. Above is his incredible red chalk drawing of an Ideal Head c. 1516, and below a set of studies for the Sistine Ceiling and the Tomb of Pope Julius II c.1511–1513.
Science fiction writer Octavia Butler died 10 years ago today at the
age of 58 and left her papers to The Huntington. We’re celebrating her
today by sharing a variety of items from her collection throughout the
Pictured here are some of Butler’s handwritten notes on writing and what it means to be a writer.
421 years ago on this day (18.03), Warsaw became the capital of Poland. King Zgymunt III Waza moved the capital from Kraków to Warsaw. 44 years after moving the capital, a column commemorating him was erected in Warsaw’s Royal Castle Square.
One of the best-known painters of the Post-Impressionist period, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, was born on this day in 1864. This 1891 oil painting is on display in Gallery 65, alongside works by Pissarro, Manet, Degas, van Gogh and Monet. Despite being painted in oil, the absorbent card gives the surface a dry, pastel-like appearance
“The point of life is to follow reason and the divine spirit and to accept whatever nature sends you.”
Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius was born on this day in AD 121. This striking half-life-sized bronze portrait was found near Brackley in Northamptonshire.
Marcus Aurelius’ philosophical ‘Meditations’ are considered to be one of the world’s most influential works, incorporating stoic principles he used to cope with life as a warrior and leader. Aurelius’ reign was troubled by natural disasters and war. His personal writings outline a philosophy of commitment to virtue above pleasure, and tranquility above happiness.
Sir Thomas Bodley, founder of the Bodleian Libraries (@bodleianlibs) was born on this day in 1545. The Bodleian is the main research library of the University of Oxford. One of the oldest libraries in Europe, it first opened to scholars in 1602.