Katzenbalgen, the Monument to Homeless Cats

In Braunschweig, Germany, where the streets Hutfilter, Damm and Kattreppeln meet in the pedestrian zone, the most gorgeous, humorous and unconventional monument of the city has stood since 1981, the “Katzenbalgen” stele by Siegfried Neuenhausen, a former professor at the Braunschweig University of Art and one of the most outstanding personalities in Lower Saxony’s art scene. The monument is impressively large and looks like a high stele, on which a variety of bronze cats are fixed in different poses. All people who see the monument for the first time notice…

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Nell Gwyn: the temptress who enchanted a king

In history, King Charles II consorted with a long line of mistresses and had 13 children by them. Nell Gwyn, who died on this day, November 14, 1687, is the most popular and became a sort of legend, the only royal mistress in English history to be warmly regarded by the people. Charles was married in 1662 to Portugal’s Catherine of Braganza, however her pregnancies all ended in miscarriages, causing the King to look elsewhere for a supplier of children. As a result, Catherine was ostracised at Court, her retinue…

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#TodayInHistory – November 14

November 14 – Some important events on this day. 1524 👉🏼 Francisco Pizarro begins his 1st great expedition, near Colombia 1666 👉🏼 Diarist Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs) 1680 👉🏼 Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch’s Comet/Newton’s Comet) 1851 👉🏼 “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US 1856 👉🏼 American Gail Borden is issued a patent for technology related to his invention of condensed milk 1881 👉🏼 Leon Gambetta forms French government 1883 👉🏼 “Treasure Island” by…

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