What is Trafalgar Day?

Introduction Trafalgar Day is the celebration of the victory won by the Royal Navy, commanded by Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, over the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar on 21 October 1805. Brief History The formation of the Navy League in 1894 gave added impetus to the movement to recognise Nelson’s… Read More


Where Does the Term ‘Turning a Blind Eye’ Come From?

Introduction Turning a blind eye is an idiom describing the ignoring of undesirable information. Although the Oxford English Dictionary records usage of the phrase as early as 1698, the phrase to turn a blind eye is often falsely attributed to an incident in the life of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Nelson was blinded in one eye… Read More

What is a Nelson Hold?

Introduction A nelson hold is a grappling hold which is executed by one person from behind the opponent, generally when both are on the mat face down with the opponent under the aggressor. One or both arms are used to encircle the opponent’s arm under the armpit, and secured at the opponent’s neck. Several different… Read More

Who was Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson?

Introduction Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, KB (29 September 1758 to 21 October 1805), also known simply as Admiral Nelson, was an English flag officer in the Royal Navy. His inspirational leadership, grasp of strategy, and unconventional tactics brought about a number of decisive British naval victories, particularly during the… Read More

On This Day … 18 October

Events 1016 – The Danes defeat the English in the Battle of Assandun. 1081 – The Normans defeat the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium. 1540 – Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto’s forces destroy the fortified town of Mabila in present-day Alabama, killing Tuskaloosa. 1561 – In Japan the fourth Battle of Kawanakajima is… Read More

On This Day … 17 October

Events 1346 – The English capture King David II of Scotland at Neville’s Cross and imprison him for eleven years. 1448 – An Ottoman army defeats a Hungarian army at the Second Battle of Kosovo. 1660 – The nine regicides who signed the death warrant of Charles I of England are hanged, drawn and quartered.… Read More

On This Day … 16 October

Events 456 – Ricimer defeats Avitus at Piacenza and becomes master of the Western Roman Empire. 955 – King Otto I defeats a Slavic revolt in what is now Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. 1780 – American Revolutionary War: The British-led Royalton raid is the last Native American raid on New England. 1793 – French Revolution: Queen Marie Antoinette… Read More