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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”

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”

1948 – Malayan Emergency: Batang Kali massacre

12 December

The Batang Kali massacre was the killing of 24 unarmed villagers by British troops on this day in 1948 during the Malayan Emergency. The incident occurred during counter-insurgency operations against Malay and Chinese communists in Malaya – then a colony of the British Crown. It was described as “Britain’s My Lai” in Christopher Hale’s Massacre in Malaya: exposing Britain’s My Lai. Despite several investigations by the British government since the 1950s, and a re-examination of the evidence by the Royal Malaysia Police between 1993 and 1997, no charges were brought against any of the alleged perpetrators.

1839 – Newport Rising: The last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain

4 November

The Newport Rising was the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in Great Britain when, on this day in 1839, somewhere between 1,000 and 5,000 Chartist sympathisers, led by John Frost, marched on the town of Newport, Monmouthshire. Continue reading “1839 – Newport Rising: The last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain”

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