On This Day … 27 May [2022]

Events 1644 – Manchu regent Dorgon defeats rebel leader Li Zicheng of the Shun dynasty at the Battle of Shanhai Pass, allowing the Manchus to enter and conquer the capital city of Beijing. 1703 – Tsar Peter the Great founds the city of Saint Petersburg. 1798 – The Battle of Oulart Hill takes place in… Read More

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On This Day … 26 May [2022]

Events 17 – Germanicus celebrates a triumph in Rome for his victories over the Cherusci, Chatti, and other German tribes west of the Elbe. 451 – Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sasanian Empire takes place. The Sasanids defeat the Armenians militarily but guarantee them freedom to openly practice Christianity. 1135 – Alfonso… Read More

Who was Thomas J. Higgins?

Introduction Thomas J. Higgins (08 June 1831 to 15 August 1917) was a Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who was a recipient of America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honour, for his actions at the Battle of Vicksburg. Higgins joined the 99th Illinois Infantry in August 1862, and was mustered out… Read More

On This Day … 25 May [2022]

Events 567 BC – Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans. 1085 – Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo, Spain, back from the Moors. 1644 – Ming general Wu Sangui forms an alliance with the invading Manchus and opens the gates of the Great Wall of China… Read More

On This Day … 24 May [2022]

Events 919 – The nobles of Franconia and Saxony elect Henry the Fowler at the Imperial Diet in Fritzlar as king of the East Frankish Kingdom. 1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 1567 – Erik XIV of Sweden and his guards murder five incarcerated Swedish nobles. 1607 – One hundred-five English settlers… Read More

On This Day … 23 May [2022]

Events 1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at the Siege of Compiègne by troops from the Burgundian faction. 1568 – Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Arenberg, and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years’ War. 1609 – Official ratification of the… Read More

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