6 Dumbbell Exercises to Increase Your Fitness

Introduction Getting fit does not have to mean countless hours spent at the gym – you can get a great workout using just a few simple dumbbell exercises. Dumbbells are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, and they are also versatile, making them perfect for people of all fitness levels. You can use them for… Read More

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On This Day … 22 May [2022]

Events 192 – Dong Zhuo – a Chinese general, politician, and warlord – is assassinated by his adopted son Lü Bu (also a general and warlord). 853 – A Byzantine fleet sacks and destroys undefended Damietta in Egypt. 1200 – King John of England and King Philip II of France sign the Treaty of Le… Read More

On This Day … 21 May [2022]

Events 293 – Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy. 878 – Syracuse, Sicily, is captured by the Muslim Aghlabids after a nine-month siege. 879 – Pope John VIII gives blessings to Branimir of Croatia and to the Croatian people, considered… Read More

On This Day … 20 May [2022]

Events 685 – The Battle of Dun Nechtain is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated. 794 – While visiting the royal Mercian court at Sutton Walls with a view to marrying princess Ælfthryth, King Æthelberht II of East Anglia is taken… Read More

On This Day … 19 May [2022]

Events 639 – Ashina Jiesheshuai and his tribesmen assaulted Emperor Taizong at Jiucheng Palace. 1445 – John II of Castile defeats the Infantes of Aragon at the First Battle of Olmedo. 1535 – French explorer Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnacona’s two… Read More

On This Day … 18 May [2022]

Events 1096 – First Crusade: Around 800 Jews are massacred in Worms, Germany. 1268 – The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Siege of Antioch. 1291 – Fall of Acre, the end of Crusader presence in the Holy Land. 1302 – Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of… Read More

On This Day … 17 May [2022]

Events 1395 – Battle of Rovine: The Wallachians defeat an invading Ottoman army. 1527 – Pánfilo de Narváez departs Spain to explore Florida with 600 men – by 1536 only 4 survive. 1648 – Emperor Ferdinand III defeats Maximilian I of Bavaria in the Battle of Zusmarshausen. 1756 – Seven Years’ War formally begins when… Read More