Today in History: May 12




Some might  know in academia

That Maria Theresa*was crowned

Queen of Bohemia.

*She was  the first female ruler of the Habsburg empire and of the last of the Habsburg dynasty. She reigned for 40 years.  Besides Bohemia, Maria was also the sovereign of Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Transylvania Milan, the Austrian Netherlands, and Parma.  She was in power during two wars that are known in American history as King George’s War and the French and Indian War during which George Washington served from 1755 to 1758 as a colonel and commander of the Virginia Regiment.


This portrait of Washington was painted in 1772 by Charles Willson Peale, and shows Washington in uniform as a colonel of the Virginia Regiment.

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