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24th June 1812: Napoleon begins his failed invasion of Russia
24 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
Napoleon's Grande Armée began its failed invasion of Russia when it crossed the Neman River in what Russians refer to as the Patriotic War of 1812. Russia had upset Napoleon by withdrawing from the Continental...
23rd June 1314: Scottish victory at the Battle of Bannockburn
23 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
The Battle of Bannockburn began on the 23rd June 1314, leading to one of the most important Scottish victories of the First War of Scottish Independence that was fought intermittently from 1296 until 1328. Robert...
22nd June 1948: MV Empire Windrush arrives at Tilbury Docks in London from Jamaica
22 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
MV Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks in London carrying 492 West Indian immigrants. The ship, originally known as MV Monte Rosa, was a German cruise ship that had been used as a troop transporter...
21st June 1919: The German fleet is scuttled at Scapa Flow
21 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 21st June 1919, Admiral Ludwig von Reuter ordered the scuttling of the German High Seas naval fleet in Scapa Flow, a large natural harbor in the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The ships had...
20th June 1756: British prisoners locked in the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’
20 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
British prisoners of war were imprisoned in the ‘Black Hole of Calcutta’ after the Bengali army captured Fort William from the East India Company. The East India Company had built Fort William to guard their...
19th June 1978: Garfield cartoon strip first published
19 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 19th June 1978, the Garfield comic strip was first published. It has since grown to hold the Guinness World Record for the world's most widely syndicated comic strip, being printed in just under...
18th June 1887: Germany and Russia sign the secret Reinsurance Treaty
18 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
Germany and Russia signed the secret Reinsurance Treaty that ensured they would each remain neutral if the other went to war with a third European power. Germany, Russia and Austria-Hungary had entered into a second...
17th June 1885: Statue of Liberty arrives in New York from France
17 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 17th June 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York Harbour on board the French steam ship Isère. It arrived disassembled, and remained in its 210 separate crates for 10 months while...
16th June 1846: Pope Pius IX begins the longest ever reign of a Catholic Pope
16 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
Born Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, Pius IX’s election by the Papal conclave of 1846 came at a time of significant political unrest across Europe. A particular issue facing the 50 members of the College of Cardinals...
15th June 1215: King John agrees to Magna Carta by adding his seal
15 Jun 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 15th June 1215, Magna Carta – one of the most famous documents in the world – was approved by King John when he added his seal to it in a field at Runnymede...