On This Day 12 September

By TheBoldAge. Published 2020-09-12
In 1440 Eton College was founded; in 1624 the first submarine was tested on the Thames and in 1960 MoT tests were introduced. In 1755 Giacomo Casanova was sentenced to 5 years for affront to religion and common decency.

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova

"Cultivating whatever gave pleasure to my senses was always the chief business of my life; I never found any occupation more important. Feeling that I was born for the sex opposite of mine, I have always loved it and done all that I could to make myself loved by it."

Born on the 2nd of April, 1725 in Venice he was an "adventurer" and author. At the age of 30 he was arrested for affront to religion and common decency and he was placed in "The Leads" which was the prison cells on top of the Doge's palace.


He wasn't told of the reasons for his arrest, but on the 12th of September, without trial, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He hatched an escape plan and with the help of a priest who was also being held prisoner managed to escape. He left a note to his captors which quoted Psalm 117: "I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord".

Other events on this day

  • 1440: Eton College was founded
  • 1624: 1st submarine publicly tested on the Thames
  • 1755: Casanova sentenced to 5 years prison in Venice for affront to religion and common decency
  • 1960: MoT (Ministry of Transport) tests on motor vehicles introduced
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