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18th Century

1779 – American Revolutionary War

3 March

The Battle of Brier Creek was an American Revolutionary War battle fought on this day in 1779 near the confluence of Brier Creek with the Savannah River in eastern Georgia. Continue reading “1779 – American Revolutionary War”

1704 – Queen Anne’s War: Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts

29 February

The 1704 Raid on Deerfield (or the Deerfield Massacre) occurred during Queen Anne’s War on this day, when French and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the English frontier settlement at Deerfield, Massachusetts, just before dawn, burning part of the town, killing 47 villagers, and taking 112 settlers captive to Canada, of whom 60 were later redeemed. Continue reading “1704 – Queen Anne’s War: Raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts”

1710 – The Battle of Helsingborg

28 February

The Battle of Helsingborg fought on this day in 1710, was Denmark’s failed and final attempt to regain the Scanian lands, lost to Sweden in 1658. Continue reading “1710 – The Battle of Helsingborg”

1797 – Last invasion of Britain

25 February

There was a military invasion of Great Britain by Revolutionary France during the War of the First Coalition. The brief campaign, which took place between 22 February and 24 February 1797, was the most recent effort by a foreign force that was able to land on Britain, and thus is often referred to as the “last invasion of Britain”. Continue reading “1797 – Last invasion of Britain”

1787 – Shays’s Rebellion: The rebellion’s largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory

25 January

Shays Rebellion was an armed uprising in Massachusetts (mostly in and around Springfield) during 1786 and 1787. Revolutionary War veteran Daniel Shays led four thousand rebels (called Shaysites) in rising up against perceived economic injustices and suspension of civil rights by Massachusetts, and in a later attempt to capture the United States’ national weapons arsenal at the U.S. Armoury at Springfield. Continue reading “1787 – Shays’s Rebellion: The rebellion’s largest confrontation, outside the Springfield Armory”

1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time

8 January

Except for about a year during 1835–1836, the United States has continuously had a fluctuating public debt since the US Constitution legally went into effect on 4 March, 1789. Continue reading “1835 – The United States national debt is zero for the only time”

1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used

7 January

The first entity to use the Italian tricolour was the Cisalpine Republic in 1797, which supplanted Milan after Napoleon’s victorious army crossed Italy in 1796. Continue reading “1797 – The modern Italian flag is first used”

1718 – War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declares war on Spain

17 December

The War of the Quadruple Alliance (1718–1720) was a result of the ambitions of King Philip V of Spain, his wife, Elisabeth Farnese, and his chief minister Giulio Alberoni to retake territories in Italy and to claim the French throne. Continue reading “1718 – War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declares war on Spain”

1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan

16 December

Mount Fuji, located on Honshu Island, is the highest mountain in Japan at 3,776.24 m (12,389 ft). An active stratovolcano that last erupted in 1707–08, Mount Fuji lies about 100 kilometres (60 mi) south-west of Tokyo, and can be seen from there on a clear day. Continue reading “1707 – Last recorded eruption of Mount Fuji in Japan”

1778 – ARW: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia

15 December

The Battle of St. Lucia was a naval battle fought off the island of St. Lucia in the West Indies during the Anglo-French War on this day in 1778, between the British Royal Navy and the French Navy. Continue reading “1778 – ARW: British and French fleets clash in the Battle of St. Lucia”

1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge

9 December

The Battle of Great Bridge was fought on this day in 1775, in the area of Great Bridge, Virginia, early in the American Revolutionary War. The victory by Continental Army and militia forces led to the departure of Governor Lord Dunmore and any remaining vestiges of British power from the Colony of Virginia during the early days of the conflict. Continue reading “1775 – ARW: Battle of Great Bridge”

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703

7 December

The Great Storm of 1703 arrived from the southwest on 26 November (7 December in today’s calendar). In London, 2,000 chimney stacks collapsed. The New Forest lost 4,000 oaks. Ships were blown hundreds of miles off-course, and over 1,000 seamen died on the Goodwin Sands alone. News-bulletins of casualties and damage were sold all over England – a novelty at that time. The church declared that the storm was God’s vengeance for the sins of the nation. Daniel Defoe thought it was a divine punishment for poor performance against Catholic armies in the War of the Spanish Succession.

1755 – The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire

2 December

The Eddystone Lighthouse is on the dangerous Eddystone Rocks, 9 statute miles (14 km) south of Rame Head, England, United Kingdom. While Rame Head is in Cornwall, the rocks are in Devon. Continue reading “1755 – The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire”

1811 – Tecumseh’s War: The Battle of Tippecanoe

7 November

The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on this day in, 1811, near present-day Lafayette, Indiana between United States forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Continue reading “1811 – Tecumseh’s War: The Battle of Tippecanoe”

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