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Postby Leinsterman on Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:49 am

Longshanks defeats William Wallace at Falkirk on 22 July 1298.
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Re: On this day...

Postby Sgt. Buckingham on Tue Jul 22, 2008 10:30 am

1812.........Battle of Salamanca, Spain, British Army under Welsey defeat the French.

1864.........Battle of Atlanta, Georgia, Gen. Hill, Confederate Army, defeated by Gen. Sherman, Union Army, at Bald Hill.
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Re: On this day...

Postby Cathal on Thu Aug 07, 2008 8:12 am

7. August 1908
The Venus of Willendorf, also known as the Woman of Willendorf, is an 11.1 cm (4 3/8 inches) high statuette of a female figure believed to have been created between 24,000 BC – 22,000 BC. It was discovered in 1908 by archaeologist Josef Szombathy at a paleolithic site near Willendorf, a village in Lower Austria near the city of Krems. It is carved from an oolitic limestone that is not local to the area, and tinted with red ochre.

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Re: On this day...

Postby Duck on Thu Aug 07, 2008 2:52 pm

7th August


* 322 BC - Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon following the death of Alexander the Great.
* 1461 - the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin stages a coup against the Tianshun Emperor.
* 1789 - The United States War Department is established.
* 1794 - The Whiskey Rebellion begins: farmers in the Monongahela Valley of Pennsylvania rebel against the federal tax on liquor and distilled drinks.
* 1819 - Simón Bolívar triumphs over Spain in the Battle of Boyacá.
* 1940 - Alsace Lorraine is annexed by the Third Reich (Germany) during World War II
* 1942 - World War II: the Battle of Guadalcanal begins - U.S. Marines initiate the first American offensive of the war with landings on Guadalcanal and Tulagi in the Solomon Islands.
* 1945 - President Harry Truman announces the bombing of Hiroshima with an atomic bomb while returning from the Potsdam Conference aboard the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-31) in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
* 1947 - Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7000-km (4375-mile) journey across the Pacific Ocean proving that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America.
* 1955 - Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering, the precursor to Sony, begins selling its first transistor radios in Japan.
* 1959 - Explorer program: Explorer 6 launched from the Atlantic Missile Range in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
* 1960 - Côte d'Ivoire becomes independent.
* 1974 - Philippe Petit performed a high wire act between the twin towers of the World Trade Center 1,368 ft (417.0 m) in the air.
* 1976 - Viking program: Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars.
* 1978 - United States President Jimmy Carter declares a federal emergency at Love Canal.
* 1988 - Rioting in New York City's Tompkins Square Park.
* 1989 - U.S. Congressman Mickey Leland (D-TX) and 15 others die in a plane crash in Ethiopia.


* 317 - Constantius II, Roman emperor (d. 361)
* 1282 - Princess Elizabeth of Rhuddlan (d. 1316)
* 1400 - Guillaume Dufay, French composer (d. 1474)
* 1533 - Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga, Basque soldier and poet (d. 1595)
* 1560 - Elizabeth Báthory, Hungarian countess and serial killer (d. 1614)
* 1574 - Robert Dudley, styled Earl of Warwick, English writer (d. 1649)
* 1598 - Georg Stiernhielm, Swedish poet (d. 1672)
* 1751 - Wilhelmina of Prussia, Princess of Orange (d. 1820)
* 1779 - Carl Ritter, German geographer (d. 1859)
* 1862 - Victoria of Baden, Queen of Sweden (d. 1931)
* 1876 - Mata Hari, Dutch spy (d. 1917)
* 1960 - David Duchovny, American actor


* 461 - Majorian, Roman Emperor (assassinated) (b. 420)
* 479 - Emperor Yūryaku of Japan
* 1106 - Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (b. 1050)
* 1485 - Alexander Stewart, 1st Duke of Albany, Scottish prince
* 1613 - Thomas Fleming, English judge (b. 1544)
* 1616 - Vincenzo Scamozzi, Italian architect (b. 1548)
* 1635 - Friedrich von Spee, German writer (b. 1591)
* 1639 - Martin van den Hove, Dutch scientist (b. 1605)
* 1661 - Jin Shengtan, Chinese editor, writer and critic (b. 1608)
* 1957 - Oliver Hardy, American comedian and actor (b. 1892)
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Re: On this day...

Postby Nerva on Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:08 pm

7th of August...

On this day in 317 AD Flavius Julius Constantius, Roman Emperor 337-361 AD, was born. Son of Constantine the Great.

"Hilary of Poitiers is not unjust when he describes Constantius ("Contra Constantium imperatorem", P. L., X, 578 sqq.) as excessively presumptuous, ruthless towards God and the Church, and, although apparently a Christian, yet an enemy of Jesus Christ; one who drew up confessions of faith yet who lived contrary to the faith, like an "impious person who does not know what is sacred, who drives the good from the dioceses in order to give these to the wicked, who by intrigues encourages discord, who hates yet wishes to avoid suspicion, who lies but wishes no one to see it, who is outwardly friendly but within lacks all kindness of heart, who in reality does only what he wishes yet wishes to conceal from everyone what it is that he wishes". Constantius died of an illness while engaged in a campaign against his nephew Julian; shortly before his death he had been baptized by the Arian Bishop Euzoios."

Source - http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/16027c.htm

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Re: On this day...

Postby Malo on Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:35 am

On this day in 1769 our glorious emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, was born in Ajaccio, Corsica.

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Re: On this day...

Postby Malo on Fri Aug 22, 2008 11:20 am

On this day in 1798 General Humbert lands at Cill Chuim, Co. Mayo. With the Advance Troops of the French "Army of Ireland"
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Re: On this day...

Postby Malo on Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:43 pm

23rd August 1813

The Prussian General von Bulow defeats Saxon and Italian troops at the battle of Grossbeeren and stops the Napoleonic advance towards Berlin.
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Re: On this day...

Postby ciaranc on Mon Aug 25, 2008 1:12 pm

On 25 August 1609, Galileo Galilei demonstrated his first telescope
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