Months Past

Statute of Kilkenny

The parliament of Kilkenny, which passed the eponymous Statute, opened on 18 February 1366.

Birthday of the Dead

José Guadalupe Posada, who produced over 20,000 engravings during his career, was born on 2 February 1852.

Pius X ends use of Castrati

The Pope, in a bull of 22 November 1903, ended the use of the male singers in the Sistine Chapel, who had previously dominated men’s opera.