This Day in Christian History: March 26
March 26, 1840: Birth of George Smith, the famous Assyriologist.George Smith was born in London to a working class family. He had little opportunities for his education. At age 14, he became an apprentice at a publisher, but George's real fascination was of Assyrian history. He read everything on the subject that he could get his hands on. He also spent much of his spare time at the British Museum, studying tablets and publications.
Eventually, George's natural talent and increasing knowledge was noted by Samuel Birch, who had the connections to get George in cooperation with renowned Assyriologist Sir Henry Rawlinson.
George went on to make several notable discoveries, the most infamous being a cuneiform tablet in the ancient city of Nineveh, which told the story of an ancient deluge, similar to Noah's Flood.