April 08

This Day in History

1953

Kenyatta jailed for Mau Mau uprising

Jomo Kenyatta, leader of the Kenyan independence movement, is convicted by Kenya's British rulers of leading the extremist Mau Mau in their violence against white settlers and the colonial government. … (more...)

1820

Venus de Milo Discovered

On this day in 1820, a local farmer and a young French naval officer on the island of Milos in the Aegean Sea discovered an ancient sculpture of Aphrodite. Known today as the Venus de Milo, the … (more...)

1271

Baibars Conquers Krak des Chevaliers

On this day in 1271, Baibars, the Mamluk Sultan of Egypt, conquered the Krak des Chevaliers, a Crusader castle in Syria. Located near Homs, Syria, the Krak des Chevaliers is considered to be one of … (more...)