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1890 – Charles de Gaulle, French general and politician is born

On This Day – 22 November 1890

Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 Nov 1890 – 9 Nov 1970) was a French general, resistant, writer and statesman. Continue reading “1890 – Charles de Gaulle, French general and politician is born”

1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)

On This Day – 22 November 1968

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on this day in 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, and was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s earlier Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Continue reading “1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)”

1914 – The Battle of Tannenberg

26-30 August

The Battle of Tannenberg saw the German forces under the command of Paul von Hindenburg inflict one of the most complete defeats in military history on the Russian second army.

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Excavation to find Poland’s Nazi Gold Train to proceed

This site has reported on the ongoing story of the Nazi gold train apparently found buried near Wroclaw Poland over the last year, the mystery may now be on the verge of being solved.

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1944 – Largest prisoner breakout of WWII, Cowra NSW

5 August

 

In the largest prison breakout of World War II, more than 1,100 Japanese prisoners of war tried to escape from the POW camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. Continue reading “1944 – Largest prisoner breakout of WWII, Cowra NSW”

1914 – First Allied shot of WWI fired in Victoria Australia.

5 August

The First Allies shot of the first world war was fired from the Port Phillip batteries. The German ship SS Pfalz was trying to flee Port Phillip after it had been informed of the outbreak of war.

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1977 – The US Senate begins hearings into MKUltra

3 August

Project MKUltra was the name given to a series of illegal experiments being conducted on human subjects by the CIA.

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1914 – Germany Declares war on France

3 August

Two days after declaring war on Russia Germany declares war on France, whilst Romania and Switzerland declare their neutrality. Continue reading “1914 – Germany Declares war on France”

1943 – PT109 with JFK aboard sinks

2 August

PT 109 the torpedo motor boat commanded by Lieutenant Junior Grade John F Kennedy the future president of the United States of America was rammed by the Japanese Destroyer Amagiri.

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1937 – The Marihuana tax act is introduced

2 August

The Marihuana tax act of 1937 placed a tax on the sale of Marijuana. The act was drafted by Harry Anslinger and introduced by Robert Doughton a North Carolina Republican. Continue reading “1937 – The Marihuana tax act is introduced”

1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins

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19 July

Fromelles was the first major battle fought by Australians on the Western front. Fromelles saw British and Australian troops attack the German lines in a prelude to the battle of the Somme. Continue reading “1916 The Battle of Fromelles begins”

1913 – Haruna, the fourth and last Kongō-class ship, launches

14 December

Haruna named after Mount Haruna, was a warship of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I and World War II. Designed by the British naval engineer George Thurston, she was the fourth and last battlecruiser of the Kongō class, amongst the most heavily armed ships in any navy when built. Continue reading “1913 – Haruna, the fourth and last Kongō-class ship, launches”

1939 – WWII: Battle of the River Plate

13 December

The Battle of the River Plate was the first naval battle in the Second World War and the first one of Battle of the Atlantic in South American waters. Continue reading “1939 – WWII: Battle of the River Plate”

1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident

12 December

The USS Panay incident was a Japanese attack on the American gunboat Panay while it was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking,  China on this day in 1937. Continue reading “1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: USS Panay incident”

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