On This Day … 07 August [2022]

Events 461 – Roman Emperor Majorian is beheaded near the river Iria in north-west Italy following his arrest and deposition by the magister militum Ricimer. 626 – The Avar and Slav armies leave the siege of Constantinople. 768 – Pope Stephen III is elected to office, and quickly seeks Frankish protection against the Lombard threat,… Read More

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On This Day … 06 August [2022]

Events 1284 – The Republic of Pisa is defeated in the Battle of Meloria by the Republic of Genoa, thus losing its naval dominance in the Mediterranean. 1538 – Bogotá, Colombia, is founded by Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada. 1661 – The Treaty of The Hague is signed by Portugal and the Dutch Republic. 1777 –… Read More

On This Day … 05 August [2022]

Events AD 25 – Guangwu claims the throne as Emperor of China, restoring the Han dynasty after the collapse of the short-lived Xin dynasty. 135 – Roman armies enter Betar, slaughtering thousands and ending the Bar Kokhba revolt. 642 – Battle of Maserfield: Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria. 910 – The… Read More

On This Day … 04 August [2022]

Events 598 – Goguryeo-Sui War: Emperor Wéndi of Sui orders his youngest son, Yang Liang (assisted by the co-prime minister Gao Jiong), to conquer Goguryeo (Korea) during the Manchurian rainy season, with a Chinese army and navy. 1265 – Second Barons’ War: Battle of Evesham: The army of Prince Edward (the future king Edward I… Read More

What is National Peacekeepers’ Day?

Introduction National Peacekeepers’ Day (French: Journée Nationale des Casques Bleus) is an official remembrance day for Canadian veterans of military peacekeeping activities. Background It is officially marked on 9 August of each year and alternatively may be observed on the closest Sunday. The date was chosen to commemorate 09 August 1974, when nine Canadian peacekeepers… Read More

Who was Robert Hampton Gray?

Introduction Robert Hampton “Hammy” Gray, VC, DSC, RCNVR (02 November 1917 to 09 August 1945) was a Canadian naval officer, pilot, and recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC) during World War II, one of only two members of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm to have been thus decorated in that war (The other was… Read More

On This Day … 03 August [2022]

Events 8 – Roman Empire general Tiberius defeats the Dalmatae on the river Bosna. 881 – Battle of Saucourt-en-Vimeu: Louis III of France defeats the Vikings, an event celebrated in the poem Ludwigslied. 908 – Battle of Eisenach: An invading Hungarian force defeats an East Frankish army under Duke Burchard of Thuringia. 1342 – The… Read More