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: June 30

On 30th of June 1963 the Ciaculli bombing occurred in the outskirts of Palermo, the bomb was intended for mafia boss Salvatore Greco but instead killed seven police and military officers. The Ciaculli bombing marks a key point in a period of terror in Palermo known as the ‘First Mafia War’. Those killed were; Mario…

On This Day: June 21st

On June 21st 1900 China formally declared war on Britain, France, the United States, Germany and Japan; this was as an edict issued from the Empress Dowager Cixi. This declaration was a part of the Boxer Rebellion that lasted from 1899-1901. The Boxer Rebellion was a violent anti-foreign and anti-Christian uprising which took place in…

On This Day: May 4th

On May 4th 1948 tragedy struck Italian football when nearly the entire Torino football team, including players, officials and journalists were killed. The Avio Linee Italiane Fiat G.212CP was carrying the team home from Lisbon, where they played a friendly match with S.L. Benfica in honour of the Portuguese captain, Francisco Ferreira. The plane however…

On This Day: April 28th

Towards the end of World War II in 1945 Benito Mussolini the fascist dictator of Italy was executed along with his mistress Clara Petacci on the 28th of April. He was executed by members of the Italian resistance movement by firing squad. The execution of Mussolini came about after Italy’s presence in World War II…