TODAY IN HISTORY
In 1308, medieval scholar Duns Scotus died. His given name led to the introduction of the word dunce.
In 1414, in Constance, Switzerland, more than 50,000 people gathered to resolve the Great Schism in the Roman Catholic Church. The Constance council got rid of three men who all claimed to be pope and elected Martin V as the church’s new leader.
In 1519, Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez reached Mexico City.
In 1623, William Shakespeare’s collected works were first published.
In 1656, British astronomer Edmund Halley, who discovered the comet that bears his name, was born. He was the first to predict the return of a comet.
In 1847, British author Bram Stoker was born. His literary legacy is “Dracula,” first published in 1897.