Welcome to the new age of Daily History! Curiosities, things you didn’t know and if possible truly daily :)
Well, I know this blog is a bit outdated in content but unfortunately I can’t keep up a historical daily routine. But that doesn’t mean this blog is condemned to failure, its quite the opposite, I’m thinking in a new way - historical of course - of remodeling this page with useful historical information, not with daily posts, but instead with facts and historical curiosities. That implies more work but not a day by day search.
Expect news very soon :)
1099 – First Crusade: Christian soldiers take the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem after the final assault of a difficult siege.
1789 – French Revolution: citizens of Paris storm the Bastille. A day of great importance to France.
1793 – Journalist and French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat is assassinated in his bathtub by Charlotte Corday, a member of the opposing political faction.
1191 – Third Crusade: Saladin's garrison surrenders to Philip Augustus, ending the two-year siege of Acre.
1405 - Ming admiral Zheng He sets sail to explore the world for the first time. China was the first to try to explore the Indian Ocean, unfortunately they abandoned their exploration and destroyed their own ships decades later. European exploration was mainly from commercial control of silk, spice and gold. In the other hand, China had access to all of this resources making the exploration of the seas unnecessary. If Chinese exploration effort had continued Portugal wouldn’t stand a chance in the control of the Indian Ocean. Chinese supremacy was outstanding in terms of maritime warfare and ship’s scale.
1584 - William I or Orange is murdered in his home in Delft, Holland by Balthasar Gérard. The Prince of Orange was the leader of the Dutch revolt against the Spanish, that would set off the Eighty Years’ War, resulting in the later United Provinces Independence.
1099 - First Crusade: 15,000 starving Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Muslim defenders look on.
1456 - A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death. Joana was then considered a martyr and Pierre Cauchon accused of convicting an innocent woman.
1917 - Arabian troops led by T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, and Auda ibu Tayi capture Aqaba from the Ottoman Empire during the Arab Revolt. During the World War I, the struggle against the Ottoman Empire, allied with Germany, leads the Allies to help and seek several Arab tribes, most of them oppressed by the Turks, T.E. Lawrence was one of the main figures, serving as a diplomat and representative of the Allied interests on Arabia.
1295 - Scotland and France form an alliance, the so-called “Auld Alliance”, against England. The terms of the treaty stipulated that if either country was attacked by England, the other country would invade English territory, as became evident at the Battle of Flodden Field, 1513. In 1942, Charles de Gaulle described this alliance as the oldest alliance in the world. It seems the Treaty of Windsor, between Portugal and England, has a competitor.
1827 - Slavery is abolished in New York State. Step by step the modern world follows the human ideal. Slavery was a common practice since the beginning of times but with the pressure of humanists and illuminated minds the progress wins and slavery is abolished gradually. In USA the difference between Southern and Northern States about this matter will lead to a war in less that half a century after this declaration from the New York State.