It seems that Waldseemuller later became racked with doubts about Vespucci’s actual involvement in discovering America, seeing he afterwards labelled it as Terra Incognita, or Unknown Land.
Moving on to 1850, Paul Julius Reuter (that name rings a bell) used forty pigeons to carry stock market prices. He was originally a Jewish German and called Israel Beer Josafat, by which stroke of changing it thus deprived us of the chance today to be talking about the Beer News Agency. Pity. Over in Vienna, in 1886, Sigmund Freud opened his practice at Rathausstrasse 7 (it means 7 Town Hall Street) but it is not true that in the early days he used to write the appointments of his patients on small pieces of paper, later to become known in the trade as Freudian Slips. April 25 1915 saw the landing of 78,000 ANZAC troops at Gallipoli, though by January 9, having lost some 50,000 of them, it was high time to go. The Australians and New Zealanders shot all their horses and mules first but we considered that most awfully unBritish behaviour, so we simply left ours there to starve instead.
Oh, yes, and this day in 1953 some scientists published an article announcing the discovery of the structure of something called DNA.