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25th April 404 BCE: Sparta defeats Athens in the Peloponnesian War
25 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
The Peloponnesian League, led by Sparta, defeated Athens in the Peloponnesian War. The conflict formerly began in 431 BCE following the collapse of the previous Thirty Years’ peace between Athens and Sparta. As the two...
24th April 1916: Ernest Shackleton sets sail in the James Caird
24 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 24th April 1916, Sir Ernest Shackleton and five companions set off in the James Caird, a recovered lifeboat, to sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia in the southern Atlantic Ocean. Their mission...
23rd April 1516: The Reinheitsgebot beer purity law first introduced in Bavaria
23 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria signed the Reinheitsgebot, a law to ensure the purity of beer that specific a limited number of ingredients. The early 1500s experienced economic and agricultural tensions which saw brewers and...
22nd April 1915: Chlorine gas marks start of 2nd Battle of Ypres
22 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 22nd April 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres began in Belgium. The battle has become most remembered for seeing the first use of gas in the First World War, but Second Ypres really...
21st April 1918: Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shot down and killed
21 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
The German fighter pilot Baron Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron, was shot down and killed. Richthofen was born into the German aristocracy in 1892. He began military training when...
20th April 1965: Windows of the Houston Astrodome painted to stop glare
20 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 20th April 1965, workers began painting skylight windows at the Houston Astrodome to limit glare from the sun. The covered stadium, the first of its kind, was built in order to avoid the...
19th April 1839: The Treaty of London establishes an independent Belgium
19 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
The Treaty of London was signed, which recognised and guaranteed the independence and neutrality of Belgium. In 1813 Napoleon’s rule of the Netherlands was ended by the combined armies of Russia and Prussia, and control...
18th April 1775: Paul Revere’s Ride signals American Revolution
18 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the night of 18th April 1775, Paul Revere rode from Charleston to Lexington with his message that “the Regulars are coming!” The action that was to signal the start of the American Revolutionary War...
17th April 1961: The Bay of Pigs invasion launched by Brigade 2506
17 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
The Bay of Pigs Invasion was launched by the CIA-sponsored paramilitary group Brigade 2506. The invasion saw over 1,400 American-trained Cuban exiles attempt to overthrow Fidel Castro. Castro had come to power in 1959 during...
16th April 1922: Treaty of Rapallo signed by Germany and Russia
16 Apr 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 16th April 1922, former First World War enemies Germany and Russia signed the Treaty of Rapallo. Both countries had been excluded from the League of Nations, and this acted as a catalyst for...