May 23

This Day in History

1848

Otto Lilienthal, Aeronautical Pioneer, Is Born

Otto Lilienthal, German inventor and aeronautical pioneer whose studies formed the foundation for the Wright brothers’ aeronautical advances, was born on this day in 1848. Born to middle-class … (more...)

1701

Captain Kidd walks the plank

At London's Execution Dock, British privateer Captain Kidd is hanged for piracy and murder. Commissioned by the British crown in 1695 to apprehend pirates in the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, Kidd … (more...)