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718 – Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople

15 August

The Second Arab siege of Constantinople (717–718) was finally raised after a year of conflict. Continue reading “718 – Raising of the Second Arab Siege of Constantinople”

1856 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War

30 March

The Crimean War was a military conflict fought between October 1853 – February 1856 in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, the United Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. Continue reading “1856 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Crimean War”

1948 – Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of the Tito–Stalin split

18 March

The Tito–Stalin Split, was a conflict between the leaders of SFR Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union, which resulted in Yugoslavia’s expulsion from the Communist Information Bureau (Cominform) in 1948. This was the beginning of the Informbiro period, marked by poor relations with the USSR, that came to an end in 1955. Continue reading “1948 – Soviet consultants leave Yugoslavia in the first sign of the Tito–Stalin split”

1311 – Battle of Halmyros

15 March

The Battle of Halmyros, (known also as; the Battle of the Cephissus or Battle of Orchomenos), was fought on this day in 1311 between the forces of the Frankish Duchy of Athens and its vassals under Walter of Brienne and the mercenaries of the Catalan Company, resulting in a devastating victory for the Catalans. Continue reading “1311 – Battle of Halmyros”

602 – Emperor Maurice is executed

27 November

Maurice Flavius Mauricius Tiberius Augustus 539 – 27 Nov 602 was Byzantine Emperor from 582 to 602. Maurice was murdered on this day in 602. It is said that the deposed emperor was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself. Empress Constantina and her three daughters were spared and sent to a monastery. Continue reading “602 – Emperor Maurice is executed”

284 – Diocletian is chosen as Roman emperor

Diocletian (245–311) was a Roman emperor from 284 to 305. Born to a family of low status in the Roman province of Dalmatia, Diocletian rose through the ranks of the military to become cavalry commander to the Emperor Carus. Continue reading “284 – Diocletian is chosen as Roman emperor”

AD 351 – The Battle of Mursa

28 September – On this day

The battle of Mursa between Constantine II and Magnentius was part of a civil war which took place somewhere in the Drava valley in Illyricum. Continue reading “AD 351 – The Battle of Mursa”

Domitian’s Dacian War

Domitian was drawn into a war against the Dacians, who inhabited the area of modern day Romania. The Dacians who had been in Rome’s cross-hairs since the time of Caesar had crossed into the Roman province of Moesia and killed the Moesian governor Oppius Sabinus. Continue reading “Domitian’s Dacian War”

1493 – Battle of Krbava Field

9 September – On this day

The Battle of Krbava Field was fought between the Ottoman Empire of Bayezid II and an army of the Kingdom of Croatia, at the time in personal union with the Kingdom of Hungary, on this day in 1493, in the Lika region in Croatia. Continue reading “1493 – Battle of Krbava Field”

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