April 18

This Day in History


Einstein Dies, His Brain Lives On

This day in 1955 marked the end of Albert Einstein’s life and the beginning of a long, strange, and botched autopsy of his brain. On the evening of 17 April 1955, Einstein was admitted to Princeton … (more...)


Luther defiant at Diet of Worms

Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, defies the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings. He had been called to Worms, Germany, to appear before the Diet … (more...)


Lucrezia Borgia Is Born

On this day in 1480, Lucrezia Borgia was born as an illegitimate child of the Spanish Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI, and Vannozza dei Cattanei, one of his many Roman … (more...)