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April 18, 1521

Luther defiant at Diet of Worms

Martin Luther, the chief catalyst of Protestantism, defies the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V by refusing to recant his writings. He had been called to Worms, Germany, to appear before the Diet (assembly) of the Holy Roman Empire and answer to charges of heresy. Martin Luther was a professor of biblic...

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April 18, 1480

Lucrezia Borgia Is Born

On this day in 1480, Lucrezia Borgia was born as an illegitimate child of the Spanish Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia, who later became Pope Alexander VI, and Vannozza dei Cattanei, one of his many Roman mistresses. The Borgias were an infamous family in Renaissance Italy, and so scandalous were thei...

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April 18, 1955

Einstein Dies, His Brain Lives On

This day in 1955 marked the end of Albert Einstein’s life and the beginning of a long, strange, and botched autopsy of his brain. On the evening of 17 April 1955, Einstein was admitted to Princeton Hospital in New Jersey complaining of chest pains. Early the next morning the famed German p...

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