7 September – On this day
Before he became the emperor of Rome Vespasian had been appointed to subdue the Jewish rebellion against the emperor Nero and had begun campaigning in AD 66. Continue reading “AD 70 – Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem”
24 August AD 79 On this Day
Vesuvius erupted and buried the people of Pompeii. The eruption occurred just one day after the Vulcanalia, the festival celebrating Vulcan, a Roman god associated with fire. One eyewitness, Pliny the Younger, compared the smoke shooting up from Mount Vesuvius to a pine tree. Continue reading “AD 79 Vesuvius Erupts – Pompeii & Herculaneum”
23 August – On this day
Sir William Wallace who had become an important leader throughout the Scottish Wars of Independence particularly after his defeat of the English forces at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297, he was captured near Glasgow earlier in August 1305 and handed over to Edward I. The English King had Wallace executed for high treason at Smithfield, London by having him hanged, drawn and quartered.
22 August – On this day
Charles I King of England called the round heads, the Parlimentarians, traitors and raised the royal standard at Nottingham. He managed to assemble about 2000 cavalry and a smaller force of infantry before going on to assemble a larger force in the weeks to come.
20 August 1860 – On this day
Australian explorers Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills departed from Royal Park, Melbourne to commence their doomed expedition to cross the Australian continent from South to North.