On This Day: August 6th

On August 6th 1824 the Battle of Junin took place in Peruvian highlands. It was a military engagement between the Royalists and the Pro Independence army. Although in actuality this battle would qualify as little more than a skirmish, this military engagement greatly enhanced the morale of the victorious pro-independence fighters, with a first win…

On This Day: August 5th

On August 5th 1305 William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, was captured by English forces near Glasgow. He was transported to London and sentenced to execution for high treason and crimes against English civilians by King Edward I of England, he was hung, drawn and quartered by the English. 

On This Day: August 4th

On August 4th 1892 the father and stepmother of Lizzie Borden were found murdered in their Massachusetts home. Abby Borden was struck on the side of the head with a hatchet which cut her just above the ear, this caused her to turn and fall facedown on the floor, which created contusions on her nose…

On This Day: August 3rd

On August 3rd 1795 the Treaty of Greenville was signed at Fort Greenville in Ohio. The treaty came about following negotiations after the Native American loss at the Battle of Fallen Timbers a year earlier. It ended the Northwest Indian War in Ohio Country and limited strategic parcels of land to the north and west….

On This Day: August 2nd

On August 2nd the Second Congo War began, it was little more than a year after the First Congo War had ended. The war officially ended in July 2003, when the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo took power. Although a peace agreement was signed in 2002, violence continued in many regions…

On This Day: August 1st 

On the 1st of August 1715 the Riot Act came into force in England. It was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain that authorised local authorities to declare any group of twelve or more people to be unlawfully assembled, and thus they would have to disperse or face punitive action. It came into…

On This Day: July 31st

On July 31st Mark Anthony achieved a minor victory in the first attack of the Battle of Alexandria, however in the second battle Octavian forces were victorious causing most of Mark Anthony’s forces to desert, a major disaster to Mark Anthony and one that eventually leads to his suicide with Augustus and his forces closing…

On This Day: July 30th

On July 30th 1966 England defeated West Germany in the FIFA World Cup final, the final ended 4-2 to the host nation England in what was one of the most controversial football matches of all time between two great rivals. England won the Jules Rimet trophy and revolutionised a narrow attacking 442 formation. The attendance…

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…