April 1933: Amelia Earhart attended a black tie at the White House. After dinner, Amelia and Eleanor Roosevelt took a midnight flight from Washington to Baltimore — in their formal attire. Eleanor wanted to take flying lessons from Amelia, but the President vetoed the request.
Historical Tidbit: The hetairai of ancient Greece were professional courtesans who possessed intelligence, beauty, and sophistication. They charged their elite male clientele high fees, making them the only group of economically independent women. Even though they were viewed as prostitutes, the hetairai had much more freedom in Greek society than the common woman.
Historical Tidbit: Animals were formally tried in court as defendants during the Middle Ages in Europe. French lawyer Bartholomé Chassenée was appointed to represent felonious rats that destroyed barley in the 1500s. He was able to persuade the judge that it was a danger for his clients to appear in court due to the amount of cats in the area. It’s unclear how the case was settled.
The Tale of Two Lovers
Bestselling Book of the 15th Century – The Tale of Two Lovers – erotica written by Aeneas Silvius Bartholomeus, (1405-1464), the man who became Pope Pius II.
The Witch Test
Those suspected of witchcraft in 16th century England had to past a ‘swimming’ test. This involved throwing the accused into a pond or river with their left hand or thumb tied to their right foot, and their right hand tied to their left foot. If they sank, they were innocent; if they floated, they were considered witches.