May 06

This Day in History

2002

"Hottentot Venus" Finally Returned to South Africa

On this day in 2002, the preserved remains of Sarah Baartman, an African woman known as the "Hottentot Venus," were taken from their shelf in Paris’s Musee de l’Homme, and ceremoniously returned to the … (more...)

1984

Pope Canonizes 103 Korean Martyrs

On this day in 1984, more than a century after the persecution and mass killings of Korean Catholics by the Korean state, Pope John Paul II canonized 103 Korean Martyrs in Seoul. The Catholic … (more...)

1950

Tollund Man Discovered

On this day in 1950, while cutting peat for fuel near the village of Tollund, Denmark, two brothers discovered the body of a man with a braided noose around his neck. His skin was blackened to the … (more...)

1937

The Hindenburg disaster

On this day, the commercial airship Hindenburg, the largest dirigible ever built and the pride of Nazi Germany, bursts into flames upon touching its mooring mast in Lakehurst, New Jersey, killing 36 … (more...)