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May 2016

1941 – Bismarck is sunk

27 May

Three days after sinking the British Battlecruiser Hood, the German Battleship Bismarck is pounded to a wreck by the British Battleships King George V and Rodney, forcing the crew of Bismarck to scuttle their ship.

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1941 – Battle of the Denmark Strait

24 May

A Second World War naval battle between the British battleship HMS Prince of Wales and the battlecruiser HMS Hood and the German battleship Bismarck and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, both of which were attempting to break out into the North Atlantic to attack Allied merchant shipping.

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AD 70 – Titus breaches second wall of Jerusalem

30 May – On this day 

Titus and his Roman legions breached the Second Wall of Jerusalem. The siege had begun in February of AD 70 and didn’t finish until September of the same year. Continue reading “AD 70 – Titus breaches second wall of Jerusalem”

The Discovery of Aristotle’s tomb announced

Archaeologist Kostas Sismanidis announced the discovery of the likely resting place of Aristotle at an international conference at Thessaloniki on Thursday.

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Workers find Roman remains in Croatia

The remains of Roman urns have been discovered by workers expanding a private carpark in the area of Put Dragulina.

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British library puts over 1,000,000 images in the Public Domain

The British Library’s Flickr Commons project archive contains over one million images from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Continue reading “British library puts over 1,000,000 images in the Public Domain”

1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt

24 May

The Fifth Crusade (1213–1221) was an attempt by Western Europeans to reacquire Jerusalem and the rest of the Holy Land by first conquering the powerful Ayyubid state in Egypt.

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1498 – Girolamo Savonarola dies

23 May

An Italian Dominican friar, preacher and de facto ruler of Florence, Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence on this day in 1498.

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1618 – The Second Defenestration of Prague

23 May

Defenestration is the act of throwing someone or something out of a window. There were two incidents in the history of Bohemia in which multiple people were defenestrated. The first occurred in 1419 and the second in 1618, although the term “Defenestration of Prague” more commonly refers to the later incident.

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Dig uncovers evidence of 250-year-old British fort in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia archaeologists say they may have unearthed fresh evidence of a long-sought-after 18th century British fortress under a lawn in this historic coastal city.
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Vale Geoff Adams

It is with sadness that History Bytez relays the news of the death of a colleague and friend most recently of the Classics department at UTAS. Dr Geoff Adams passed away too young on Sunday at the age of only 40, I worked with Geoff for several years in his time at UNE we shared many a beer and discussion about all things history, he was an enthusiastic lover of the past and clearly instilled that passion in his students. History Bytez would like to send its condolences not only to his family, friends and colleagues but also his children and wife Nicole.

He will be missed.

Vale Geoff

Ancient Shipwreck discovered in Caesarea


Two amateur divers have discovered the remains of a sunken merchant ship from approximately 1,600 years ago in the ancient port of Caesarea.

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1805 – Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt

17 May

Muhammad Ali Pasha al-Mas’ud ibn Agha , born 4 March 1769, was an Ottoman Albanian who rose to rule Egypt and Sudan. Continue reading “1805 – Muhammad Ali becomes Wāli of Egypt”

1975 – India annexes Sikkim

16 May

India annexes Sikkim after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favour of merging with India. Continue reading “1975 – India annexes Sikkim”

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