February 19 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus is Born in Torun, Poland

February 19 1473 – Nicolaus Copernicus is Born in Torun, PolandRate this post Deep in the heart of Polish territory, a man who would fundamentally change the world’s understanding of how the solar system worked was born on February 19, 1473. Nicolaus Copernicus, an astronomer and mathematician among many other things, proposed theories at the center of an ideological controversy in the Catholic Church long after his death in 1543. Named after his father, Copernicus was the last of four children born into a merchant family in the town of Torun, on the banks of the Vistula River some 250 miles to the north of the Polish capital, Krakow. Nestled […]

February 19 1847 – The Donner Party is reached by the first group of rescuers

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February 19 1847 – The Donner Party is reached by the first group of rescuersRate this post On February 19, 1847, the first team of rescuers reached surviving members of the Donner Party. The Donner Party was a group of emigrants headed to California that lost most of its members due to starvation and extreme weather conditions. By 1846, emigration to the American west had become the watchword and thousands of pioneers across the United States prepared to travel across the Sierra Nevada Mountains. One such group, popularly known as the Donner Party, consisting of 89 people in all, set off from Springfield in Illinois in a nine-wagon train. The […]