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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”

1461 – Edward IV is crowned King of England

28 June

Edward IV (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was the King of England from 4 March 1461 (crowned on this day in 1461) until 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death in 1483. Continue reading “1461 – Edward IV is crowned King of England”

1645 – English Civil War the Battle of Naseby

14 June

The Battle of Naseby, was a decisive engagement of the English Civil War, fought on this day in 1645 between the main Royalist army of King Charles I led by Prince Rupert (12,000 strong) and the Parliamentarian New Model Army (15,000 strong), commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell.

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43 BC – Battle of Mutina

21 April

The Battle of Mutina was fought on this day in 43 BC between the forces of Mark Antony and the forces of Octavian. Continue reading “43 BC – Battle of Mutina”

1862 – The Battle of Shiloh begins

6 April

The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought 6-7 April 1862, in south western Tennessee. Continue reading “1862 – The Battle of Shiloh begins”

1865 – Third Battle of Petersburg

2 April

The Third Battle of Petersburg, was fought on this day in 1865, south and southwest of Petersburg, Virginia, at the end of the 292-day Richmond–Petersburg Campaign (sometimes called the Siege of Petersburg) and in the beginning stage of the Appomattox Campaign near the conclusion of the American Civil War. Continue reading “1865 – Third Battle of Petersburg”

1461 – Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton

29 March

The Battle of Towton was fought during the English Wars of the Roses on this day in 1461, near the village of Towton in Yorkshire. It brought about a change of monarchs in England, with the victor, the Yorkist Edward, Duke of York—who became King Edward IV (1461–1483) having displaced the Lancastrian King Henry VI (1422–1461) as king, and thus drove the head of the Lancastrians and his key supporters out of the country. Continue reading “1461 – Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton”

1625 – Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland

27 March

Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was monarch of the three kingdoms of England, Scotland, and Ireland from this day in 1625 until his execution in 1649. Continue reading “1625 – Charles I becomes King of England, Scotland and Ireland”

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”

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”

1661 – Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London

19 January

Thomas Venner (died 19 January 1661) was a cooper and rebel who became the last leader of the Fifth Monarchy Men, who tried unsuccessfully to overthrow Oliver Cromwell in 1657, and subsequently led a coup in London against the newly restored government of Charles II. This event, known as “Venner’s Rising”, lasted four days (1–4 January 1661) before the Royal authorities captured the rebels. The rebel leadership suffered execution on this day in 1661. Continue reading “1661 – Thomas Venner is hanged, drawn and quartered in London”

Archaeologist: Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass ‘pointless’

Matthew Barbour, a state archaeologist, says the remains of Confederate soldiers discovered in 1987 in a mass grave site in Glorieta speaks to the violence, loss and futility of war. Continue reading “Archaeologist: Civil War Battle of Glorieta Pass ‘pointless’”

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