April 05

This Day in History

1955

Churchill resigns

Sir Winston Churchill, the British leader who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, retires as British prime minister. A daring soldier in the Boer War of 1899 to … (more...)

1923

Mummy’s Curse Claims Earl of Carnarvon

On this day in 1923, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, best known as the English aristocrat who financed the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, died an unexpected … (more...)

1722

Easter Island Discovered

On this day in 1722—which was Easter Sunday—the little-known Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen became the first European to visit Rapa Nui, or Easter Island. He had, of course, been beaten to the … (more...)