Our Favorite this week is for you visual learners out there: pictures of coins minted in the UK during the reign of George III. Clicking any of the individual coins will get you a nice close-up (like the one pictured below of a 3 shilling coin from 1812), so you can see the color of each coin (and therefore which metal its made from), read the inscriptions, and compare variations of the same denomination (if there were variations). There are also coins pictures from the Anglo Saxon period right up through present day. Click here to check it out!
May 11, 1812: Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is assassinated by John Bellingham in the lobby of the House of Commons, London.
May 12, 1821: The first big battle of the Greek War of Independence against the Turks occurs in Valtetsi.
May 13, 1787: Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England with eleven ships full of convicts to establish a penal colony in Australia.
May 14, 1796: Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination.
May 15, 1800: George III survives an assassination attempt by James Hadfield, who is later acquitted by reason of insanity.
May 16, 1770: Fourteen-year-old Marie Antoinette marries fifteen-year-old Louis-Auguste, who later becomes Louis XVI of France.
May 17, 1809: Napoleon orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.