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January 2016

1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake

23 January

The 1556 Shaanxi earthquake was a catastrophic earthquake that is also considered the deadliest earthquake on record, killing approximately 830,000 people. Continue reading “1556 – The deadliest earthquake in history, the Shaanxi earthquake”

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Rorke’s Drift

22 January

The Battle of Rorke’s Drift was a battle in the Anglo-Zulu War. The defence of the mission station of Rorke’s Drift, under the command of Lieutenant John Chard of the Royal Engineers, and Lieutenant Gonville Bromhead immediately followed the British Army’s defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879, and continued into the following day, 23 January. Continue reading “1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Rorke’s Drift”

1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Isandlwana

22 January

The Battle of Isandlwana on this day in 1879 was the first major encounter in the Anglo–Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom. Eleven days after the British commenced their invasion of Zululand in South Africa, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and perhaps 400 civilians. Continue reading “1879 – Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Isandlwana”

1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution

22 January

Bloody Sunday is the name given to the events of Sunday, 22 January 1905 in St.Petersburg, Russia, when unarmed demonstrators led by Father Georgy Gapon were fired upon by soldiers of the Imperial Guard as they marched towards the Winter Palace to present a petition to Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Continue reading “1905 – Bloody Sunday in Saint Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution”

9,000-year-old burials with sorted bones found in Jordan

As gruesome as it may sound a recent discovery indicates that the dead in an ancient Southern Jordanian town were not buried until after they had decomposed. Continue reading “9,000-year-old burials with sorted bones found in Jordan”

1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins

21 January

The Battle of Khe Sanh was conducted in Khe Sanh of northwestern Quảng Trị Province, Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), between 21 January and 9 July 1968 during the Vietnam War. Continue reading “1968 – Vietnam War: Battle of Khe Sanh begins”

1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place

21 January

The Monte Carlo Rally, officially Rallye Automobile Monte Carlo, is a rallying event organised each year by the Automobile Club de Monaco which also organises the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix and the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. Continue reading “1911 – The first Monte Carlo Rally takes place”

1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile

21 January

Adam Opel AG is a German automobile manufacturer headquartered in Rüsselsheim, Hesse, Germany, and a subsidiary of General Motors Company. Continue reading “1899 – Opel manufactures its first automobile”

1864 – The Tauranga Campaign begins during the New Zealand Wars

21 January

The Tauranga Campaign was a six-month-long armed conflict in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in early 1864. Continue reading “1864 – The Tauranga Campaign begins during the New Zealand Wars”

The last Viking and his magical sword?

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New research on the causes of the Viking Age

Delving into History ® _ Periklis Deligiannis

University of York


The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess in the closing years of the Eighth Century.

These skirmishes led to more expansive military campaigns, settlement, and ultimately conquest of large swathes of the British Isles.  But Dr Steve Ashby, of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, wanted to explore the social justifications for this spike in aggressive activity.

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1990 – The Red Army crackdown on civil protests in Baku, Azerbaijan

20 January

A violent crackdown in Baku on 19-20 January, 1990, pursuant to a state of emergency during the dissolution of the Soviet Union became known as Black January. Continue reading “1990 – The Red Army crackdown on civil protests in Baku, Azerbaijan”

1880 – Bushranger Captain Moonlite is hanged.

A.K.A Andrew George Scott moved from Ireland to New Zealand in 1861, where he joined the military during the Maori Wars as an officer he fought at the battle of Orakau where he was wounded in both legs. After an apparently over-long convalescence Scott was accused of malingering and courtmartialed. He presented the slaughter of women and children during the siege as the source of his objection to returning to service. Continue reading “1880 – Bushranger Captain Moonlite is hanged.”

1936 – Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom

20 January

Edward VIII (23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire, and Emperor of India, from 20 January 1936 until his abdication on 11 December the same year. Continue reading “1936 – Edward VIII becomes King of the United Kingdom”

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