This Day in History

King Charles I Attempts to Arrest Members of Parliament

On January 4th, 1642, a dramatic moment unfolded in English history as King Charles I attempted to arrest five members of Parliament. This event marked a significant escalation in the tensions that would lead to the English Civil War.

New Zealand is Discovered by Abel Tasman

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman became the first European to reach the islands of New Zealand on December 13th, 1642. His voyage contributed to the European exploration of the Pacific.

Harvard University

Harvard University, one of the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, held its first commencement ceremony on September 23rd.