Months Past

Christmas in the South: egg-nog party. William Sheppard, 1870. Library of Congress.

The Riot Act was read to young officers at West Point Military Academy on 25 December 1826, following a boisterous party which began the night before.

Portrait Veritable de l'Homme au Masque de Fer, Auguste Lesouëf (c. 1789). French Revolution Digital Archive/Stanford.

The mysterious prisoner died at the Bastille on 19 November 1703.

Chinese officers tear down the British flag on the arrow, 8 October 1856.

On 8 October 1856, a British flagged Chinese vessel was seized and the Second Opium War began.

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, pictured in the New-York Tribune, March 18, 1917. Library of Congress.

Augusta and Adeline Van Buren arrived in Los Angeles on 8 September 1916 

Captain Matthew Webb, Swam From Dover, England to Calais, France, from World's Champions, Second Series (N43) for Allen & Ginter Cigarettes,1888. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The first successful unaided swim of the English Channel began on 24 August 1875.

A Renaissance imagining of the Temple. Tempel van Diana te Efeze, Philips Galle, after Maarten van Heemskerck, 1581 - 1633. Rijksmuseum.

On 21 July 356 BC, the day Alexander the Great was said to have been born, the temple burned to the ground.

Agra, Taj Mahal. Photochrom, c.1890. Library of Congress.

The wife of the Mughal Emperor died on 17 June, 1631.

Antoine Laurent Lavoisier, fermier général, né à Paris le 16 aout 1743. la Bibliothèque nationale de France [Paris].

Found guilty of fraud, the French chemist was executed on 8 May 1794.

Lobby card for the American film I'm No Angel. 1933.

Having produced, directed and starred in a lascivious play, West was charged with ‘corrupting the morals of youth’ on 19 April 1927.

Zimmermann Telegram as Received by the German Ambassador to Mexico (detail)

A secret communication between Germany and Mexico was exposed on 3 March 1917.