April 06

This Day in History

1327

Petrarch First Sees Laura, Lays Groundwork for Sonnets

On this day in 1327 the Italian scholar, poet, and humanist, Francesco Petrarca, known in English as Petrarch, first laid eyes on Laura, his idealised muse, in the Church of St Clare in Avignon. … (more...)

1896

Olympiad reborn

On April 6, 1896, the Olympic Games, a long-lost tradition of ancient Greece, are reborn in Athens some 1,500 years after being banned by Roman Emperor Theodosius I. The architect of the Olympic … (more...)

1992

Visionary Isaac Asimov Dies

Isaac Asimov, the wildly imaginative and visionary Russian-born author known as the father of robotics and a master of hard science fiction, died on this day in 1992. Besides his family, he was … (more...)