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1870 – The Marias Massacre of Blackfeet Indians

On This Day – 23 January 1870

Colonel Eugene Baker ordered his troops to attack a camp of sleeping Blackfeet Indians along the Marias River.

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1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)

On This Day – 23 November 1859

Henry McCarty (17 Sept 1859 – 14 July 1881), better known under the pseudonyms of Billy the Kid and William H. Bonney, was a 19th-century gunman who participated in the Lincoln County War and became a frontier outlaw in the American Old West. Continue reading “1859 – Billy the Kid, American criminal, born (alternative date)”

1894 – The Paris-Rouen motor race

22 July

Paris–Rouen, Le Petit Journal Horseless Carriages Contest, was a pioneering city-to-city motoring competition held on this day in 1894 which is sometimes described as the world’s first competitive motor race. Continue reading “1894 – The Paris-Rouen motor race”

1809 – The Battle of Wagram concludes

6 July

After holding Napoleon on the first day of the battle, Archduke Charles goes over to the offensive. Continue reading “1809 – The Battle of Wagram concludes”

1809 – The Battle of Wagram commences

5 July

The Battle of Wagram commences on this day in 1809, considered the largest battle of the Napoleonic Wars. Continue reading “1809 – The Battle of Wagram commences”

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 3

3 July

The Battle of Gettysburg concludes (its third day) on this day in 1863, to the south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Meade’s Army of the Potomac defeats the final assaults by Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, ending Lee’s attempt to invade the North. Continue reading “1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 3”

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 2

2 July

The Battle of Gettysburg continues (its second day) on this day in 1863, now to the south of the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Continue reading “1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg – Day 2”

1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins

1 July

The Battle of Gettysburg began on this day in 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war’s turning point. Continue reading “1863 – American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg begins”

1893 – Lizzie Borden is acquitted of murder

20 June

Lizzie Andrew Borden (19 July, 1860 – 1 June, 1927) was an American woman who gained infamy for being tried and acquitted for the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts.

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1839 – Humen, China

3 June

Lin Tse-hsü destroys 1.2 million kg of opium confiscated from British merchants, providing Britain with a casus belli to open hostilities, resulting in the First Opium War. Continue reading “1839 – Humen, China”

1866-1871 The Fenian raids, Canada

The Fenian raids of the Fenian Brotherhood, an Irish Republican organization who were based in the United States, on British army forts, customs posts and other targets in Canada, were fought to bring pressure on Britain to withdraw from Ireland.

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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”

1824 – The National Gallery

10 May

The National Gallery in London opens to the public on this day in 1824.

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1885 – Battle of Cut Knife

2 May

Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.

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