Tuesday December 10, 2013
On December 10, 1718, pirate Stede Bonnet was hanged in Charleston. Although he was a ruthless pirate - trained by none other than Blackbeard himself - it's hard not to feel a little sorry for Bonnet, who was a born landlubber who apparently only took up piracy to escape from a nagging wife!
Sunday December 8, 2013
Diego Rivera, the Mexican artist, was born on December 8, 1886. Better known in the USA as the husband of Frida Kahlo, Diego is more famous in Mexico as one of the founders of the muralist movement, a uniquely Mexican art form which popularizes large-scale art.
Friday December 6, 2013
On December 6, 1534, Sebastian de Benalcazar and 200 or so other Spaniards formally founded the city of San Francisco de Quito. Today, the bustling city is the capital of Ecuador and is popular with tourists for the old historic center of town. Every December 6, the people of Quito celebrate with games, parties and events.
Thursday December 5, 2013
On December 5, 1814, Tomas "Taita" Boves, the ruthless, bloodthirsty Spanish warlord, was killed in battle at the Battle of Uriza. So ended a reign of terror the likes of which Venezuela has not seen before or since.