On This Day: July 29th

On July 29th 1921 Adolf Hitler became the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Part (NSDAP), later known as the Nazi party. Hitler became leader of the party after a mutiny in the party to unite with the rival German Socialist Party, this was due to the belief Hitler was becoming too over bearing…

On This Day: July 28th

On July 28th 1364 troops from the Republic of Pisa and the Republic of Florence clashed in the Battle of Cascina. The Florence army numbered 15,000 to the 5000 from Pisa, the battle ended in a victory for the Republic of Florence.  As reported in the chronicle of Filippo Villani, On 28 July, the Florentine…

On This Day: July 27th

On July 27th 1974 the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee voted 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment against then President Richard Nixon. The Watergate Scandal led to the resignation of Nixon which he announced on national television on August 8, the resignation came into place the day after.  His resignation speech…

On This Day: July 26th

On July 26th 1509 the Emperor Krishnadevaraya ascended to the throne, this marked the beginning of the rejuvenation of the Vijayanagara Empire. Krishnadevaraya is seen as the greatest emperor of the Vijayanagara Empire and he is heralded as an icon by many Indians. He became the dominant ruler of the peninsula of India by defeating…

On This Day: July 25th

On July 25th 2010 WikiLeaks published classified documents about the war in Afghanistan, it was one of the largest leaks in U.S military history. The Afghan War documents leak was the disclosure of a collection of internal U.S. military logs of the War in Afghanistan.  The logs consist of over 91,000 Afghan War documents, covering…

On This Day: July 24th

On the 24th of July 1567 Mary, Queen of Scots was forced to abdicate her throne to her son James VI, he reigned as the King of Scots till his death and was also King of England and Ireland after the death of Elizabeth. Mary was forced to abdicate after her marriage to James Hepburn,…

On This Day: July 23rd

On July 23rd 1903 the Ford Motor Company sold its first car. The company was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer, Troller, and Australian performance car…

On This Day: July 22nd

On July 22nd 1992 Pablo Escobar escaped from his personal luxury prison in fear he would be extradited to the United States. There were plans to move Escobar from his luxurious prison to a more secure state run prison due to the fact his drug empire was still being run and controlled from the prison…

On This Day: July 21st

On July 21st 1798 the Battle of the Pyramids took place, the battle was part of Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt. The French army under Napoleon Bonaparte scored a decisive victory against the forces of the local Mamluk rulers, wiping out almost the entire Egyptian army. It was the battle where Napoleon employed one of his…

On This Day: July 20th

On the 20th of July 2015 the United States of America and Cuba resumed full diplomatic relations five decades after ties were severed between the two nations. A US embassy was created in Havana which had previously been closed in 1961 when Cuba grew closer to the USSR in international relations, a Cuban embassy was…

On This Day: July 19th

On July 19th 1903 Maurice Garin won the first ever Tour de France. Maurice Garin the pre-race favourite won the first stage, and retained the lead throughout. He also won the last two stages, and had a margin of almost three hours over the next cyclist. Maurice Garin actually also won the 1904 Tour de…

On This Day: July 18th

On July 18th in 64AD the Great Fire of Rome started and caused devastation. The fire lasted for about six days and destroyed half of the city. Differing accounts either blame Emperor Nero for initiating the fire or credit him with organising measures to contain it and provide relief for refugees. In response to the…