Months Past

Dog team at Seventh All Alaska Sweepstakes, Nome, April 13, 1914. Library of Congress.

A dog sled relay came to the rescue of an epidemic-struck Alaskan community on 2 February 1925.

The "Bal des ardents" from Froissart's Chroniques, British Library Harley MS 4380, c.1800 Aquatint by J. Harris after J. Froissart. Wellcome Collection.

On 28 January 1393 a party at the French royal residence ended in tragedy.

American Progress, George A. Crofutt, c.1873. National Library of Congress

James K. Polk’s first State of the Union Address, on 2 December 1845, promoted the concept that the US should encompass all of North America.

The Berners Street Hoax, caricature by William Heath, 1810.

On 27 November 1809, a bet between two friends brought a large part of London to a standstill.

Metropolitan Opera House, New York City c1905. National Library of Congress

The Met opened its doors on 22 October 1883.

Parthenon, Athens. c. 1895 - c. 1915. Rijksmuseum.

The Athenian temple was partly destroyed on 26 September 1687.

People and soldiers at the palace of the Sultan of Zanzibar, c. 1880 - c. 1920. Rijksmuseum.

The shortest war in history began (and ended) on 27 August 1896.

Atomic Bomb Test during Operation Crossroads, Army-Navy Task Force One, 1946. Rijksmuseum.

The two-piece swimsuit was unveiled on 5 July 1946.

Works by artists including Dalí, Duchamp and Picasso went on display at the Burlington Gallery on 11 June 1936.

Crazy Horse and the allied leaders surrendered on 5 May 1877.