On This Day: May 30th

On the 30th of May the Peasants’ Revolt broke out in England, the revolt had a number of causes including tensions from the Black Death in the 1340’s, the Hundred Years’ War, the instability of local leadership in London and the economic problems across the country. The final trigger for the revolt was the intervention…

On This Day: May 29th

The 29th of May in 1918 was the date that the Battle of Sardarabad ended, the battle was between Armenia and the Ottoman’s with the Armenian’s being victorious.  The battle is currently seen as not only stopping the Ottoman advance into the rest of Armenia but also preventing the complete destruction of the Armenian nation….

On This Day: May 28th

On the 28th of May in 1588 the Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men set sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel. The strategic aim from the Spanish was to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I of England and the Tudor establishment of Protestantism in England, with the expectation that this would put a…

On This Day: May 27th

On the 27th of May Simeon I the Great died, he was the first Bulgarian to be recognised as emperor. He ruled over the First Bulgarian Empire from 893-927 when he died of heart failure in his palace in Preslav. Simeon’s successful campaigns against the Byzantines, Magyars and Serbs led Bulgaria to its greatest territorial…

On This Day: May 26th

On the 26th of May 1896 Nicholas II was formally coronated as Tsar, he would be the last tsar of Imperial Russia. The coronation was held in Uspensky Cathedral located within the Kremlin. The Silk Imperial Crown Of Russia was used, as an official coronation gift of the Russian Empire. Nicholas II was the first…

On This Day: May 25th

On the 25th of May 1967 Celtic won their first European Cup, now known as the Uefa Champions League. They were the first team from Northern Europe to win the trophy, the previous winners hailed from Spain, Portugal and Italy. The team have since been known as the ‘Lisbon Lions’ for their victory at the…

On This Day: May 24th

On the 24th of May in 1830 the children’s nursery rhyme ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’, authored by Sarah Hale, was published. It is a nineteenth century English language rhyme of American origin, it was published in Boston by publishing firm Marsh. The rhyme was part of Hale’s collection Poems for our Children, which includes…

On This Day; May 23rd

On the 23rd of May in 1430 Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians during the Siege of Compiegne. The minor siege ended in a French victory, however the capture of their charismatic and very successful commander was a huge loss for the French. The Burgundians who were shaky allies of England throughout the…

On This Day: May 22nd

On May 22nd in 334 BC the Macedonian army led by Alexander the Great defeated Darius III’s Persian army in the Battle of the Granicus. The outcome from this victory was Alexander gaining half of Asia minor, the battle was fought in north-west Asia minor near the site of Troy, it was on the road…

On This Day: May 21st

On the 21st of May 1904 The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) was founded in Paris. The organisation was created due to the need for a world governing body for football, primarily due to the high interest in international fixtures. The founding members were the national associations of Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Spain,…

On This Day: May 20th

On the 20th of May in the year 325, the First Council of Nicaea was officially opened which started the first ecumenical church of Christianity. The Council of Nicaea was a council of Christian bishops convened in Nicaea in Bithynia by the Roman Emperor Constantine I in AD 325. This first ecumenical council was the…

On This Day: May 19th

On May 19th 1991 Croatia voted to become independent from Yugoslavia. The independence was declared on 25th of June 1991. Throughout this year Croatia was at war with Serbia over Croatian independence. Serbia had wanted to create a Serbian controlled Yugoslav state, this would include parts of Croatia and Bosnia. Bosnia’s independence was also at…