On this day in history: May 13.html
Mt. Vesuvius erupts
After centuries of dormancy, Mount Vesuvius erupts on this day in 79 A.D. in southern Italy, devastating the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and killing thousands. The cities, buried under a thick layer of volcanic material and mud, were never rebuilt and largely forgotten in the course of history. In the 18th century, Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered and...