Monthly Archive: May 2014

Captain Kidd is Executed – 23 May 1701

Though he is one of the most famous pirates in history, modern scholarship has questioned whether Captain Kidd should have been considered a true pirate. Apparently the English crown considered him a pirate, because he was held at Newgate Prison and then hung on this day in British history, 23 May 1701. Please keep reading to find more info about him. Early in his life, William Kidd served as an apprentice on board a ship, but before long he’d become a member of a pirate ship’s crew. Before the ship had embarked on its voyage, however, Kidd had spent time in...


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is Born – 22 May 1859

Though he would die a man famous the world over, Arthur Conan Doyle’s life began humbly. He was born on this day in British history, 22 May 1859. His father was an alcoholic, and his mother struggled to support the family. Luckily for young Arthur, he had uncles who were willing to fund an education. Had Doyle not received schooling as a lad, who knows whether the world’s most famous fictional character would have ever come to be? Before he began writing, however, Doyle studied medicine, much as a certain Dr. Watson had done. It was while in medical school at...