[Currently in Madrid's Museo del Prado, Goya's painting - depicting the execution of Spanish patriots following an abortive uprising against Napoleonic rule the previous day - is a surprisingly contemporary depiction of the oldest of human horrors (namely war) despite the fact that it was completed in 1814. As befitting the painter considered both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the Moderns, his work combines graphic elements which anticipate expressionism and Fauvism to come yet has a careful composition consistent with the classical styles of the past. The result is as shocking, bold, and unforgettable as the event it depicts in capturing a moment in time...]
1491 - Kongo's King Nkuwu Nzinga was baptised by Portuguese missionaries, taking the name João I; the historical record, though, suggests his was a strategic, rather than heartfelt, conversion...
1978 - Legend has it the first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail (which would later become known as spam) occurred when a DEC marketing representative was sent to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States; anyway, it easily shares the title with the April 1994 bombardment of 6,000 usenet groups by online immigration shysters Canter & Siegel.
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