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December 2015

1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee

31 December

The Battle of Stones River or Second Battle of Murfreesboro (in the South, simply the Battle of Murfreesboro), was fought from 31 December, 1862, to 2 January, 1863, in Middle Tennessee, as the culmination of the Stones River Campaign in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. Continue reading “1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee”

1909 – Manhattan Bridge opens

31 December

The Manhattan Bridge is a suspension bridge that crosses the East River in New York City, connecting Lower Manhattan at Canal Street with Downtown Brooklynat the Flatbush Avenue Extension. The main span is 1,470 ft (448 m) long, with the suspension cables being 3,224 ft (983 m) long. The bridge’s total length is 6,855 ft (2,089 m). This is one of four toll-free bridges spanning the East River; the other three are the Queensboro, Brooklyn, and Williamsburg Bridges. Continue reading “1909 – Manhattan Bridge opens”

1600 – The British East India Company is chartered

31 December

The East India Company (EIC), also known as the Honourable East India Company and informally as John Company was an English and later British joint-stock company, formed to pursue trade with the East Indies, but which ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent and Qing China. Continue reading “1600 – The British East India Company is chartered”

King Tut’s mask back on display after beard glued on | The Times of Israel

Piece of famed artifact was broken off by workers, but restored using an ancient Egyptian fix: beeswax Continue reading “King Tut’s mask back on display after beard glued on | The Times of Israel”

Solved: The riddle of the Antiquities Authority’s ‘mysterious’ gold object | The Times of Israel

Item found in old Jerusalem cemetery, which has archaeologists stumped, is actually a New Age energy ‘beamer’ sold online by firm in Germany, The Times of Israel determines Continue reading “Solved: The riddle of the Antiquities Authority’s ‘mysterious’ gold object | The Times of Israel”

Galilee’s 10,000-year-old beans are a taste of Stone Age innovation | The Times of Israel

Oldest known fava beans, found at archaeological sites in northern Israel, suggest deliberate cultivation of protein-rich crops in Neolithic era Continue reading “Galilee’s 10,000-year-old beans are a taste of Stone Age innovation | The Times of Israel”

1853 – Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico

30 December

The Gadsden Purchase is a 29,640-square-mile (76,800 km2) region of present-day southern Arizona and south western New Mexico that was purchased by the United States in a treaty signed on 30 December, 1853 by James Gadsden who was the American ambassador to Mexico at that time. It was then ratified, with changes, by the U.S. Senate on 25 April, 1854, and signed by 14th President Franklin Pierce, with final approval action taken by Mexico’s government and their General Congress or Congress of the Union on 8 June, 1854. The purchase was the last territorial acquisition in the contiguous United States to add a large area to the country. Continue reading “1853 – Gadsden Purchase: The United States buys land from Mexico”

1460 – Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield

30 December

The Battle of Wakefield took place in Sandal Magna near Wakefield, in West Yorkshire in Northern England, on this day in 1460. Continue reading “1460 – Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield”

1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed

30 December

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (abbreviated to USSR (Russian: СССР) or shortened to the Soviet Union, was a Marxist–Leninist state on the Eurasian continent that existed between 1922 and 1991. A union of multiple sub-national Soviet republics, its government and economy were highly centralized. The Soviet Union was a single-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital. Continue reading “1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed”

Five important history books of 2015.

Source: Five important history books of 2015.

1977 – For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado

30 December

Theodore RobertTedBundy (24 Nov, 1946 – 24 Jan, 1989) was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophiliac who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly earlier. Shortly before his execution, after more than a decade of denials, he confessed to 30 homicides committed in seven states between 1974 and 1978. The true victim count remains unknown, and could be much higher. Continue reading “1977 – For the second time, Ted Bundy escapes from his cell in Glenwood Springs, Colorado”

AD 39 – The birth of the Roman emperor Titus

Titus was the eldest son of Vespasian, who famously took the principate for himself at the end of the year of four emperors, and elder brother to the infamous Domitian. Titus fought with his father to suppress the Jewish rebellion of AD 66 where he distinguished himself as a successful and capable general. Continue reading “AD 39 – The birth of the Roman emperor Titus”

Real monument men to protect cultural heritage threatened by war

The Army aims to recruit a ‘Monuments Men’ team of art and archaeology experts to help protect priceless cultural treasures in war zones and choke off terrorist funding from antiquities smuggling.

The specialist unit of up 40 advisers will be staffed by expert reservists with backgrounds in museums, archaeology, the art world or criminal investigations, according to proposals seen by the Telegraph.

The cultural property protection unit will mirror the ‘Monuments Men’ team of British and American art experts who saved priceless European art treasures carried off by the Nazis and were portrayed in a recent George Clooney film.

Specialists will deploy to warzones alongside commanders to advise on how to locate, protect and save cultural riches in the area they are fighting, according to the idea.

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The Romans made it to Canada?

A team of historians claim that evidence indicates that the Romans made it to an island off the coast of Canada which has artifacts dating back to a time of the Roman Empire. Continue reading “The Romans made it to Canada?”

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