On This Day … 18 January

Events 532 – Nika riots in Constantinople fail. 1591 – King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown Prince Mingyi Swa of Burma in single combat, for which this date is now observed as Royal Thai Armed Forces day. 1670 – Henry Morgan captures Panama. 1778 – James Cook is the first known European to discover the… Read More

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Who was Albert A. Mickelson?

Introduction Albert Abraham Michelson FFRS HFRSE (surname pronunciation anglicized as “Michael-son”, 19 December 1852 to 09 May 1931) was a German-born American physicist known for his work on measuring the speed of light and especially for the Michelson-Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics, becoming the first American to win the… Read More

Who was Peter Conover Hains?

Introduction Peter Conover Hains (06 July 1840 to 07 November 1921) was a major general in the United States Army, and a veteran of the American Civil War, Spanish-American War, and the First World War. He is best known for his engineering efforts, such as the creation of the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., and… Read More

Who was John Clem?

Introduction John Lincoln Clem (13 August 1851 to 31 May 1937), famously known as Johnny Shiloh, was a United States Army general who served as a drummer boy in the Union Army in the American Civil War. He gained fame for his bravery on the battlefield, becoming the youngest non-commissioned officer in Army history. He… Read More

On This Day … 17 January

Events 38 BC – Octavian divorces his wife Scribonia and marries Livia Drusilla, ending the fragile peace between the Second Triumvirate and Sextus Pompey. 1524 – Giovanni da Verrazzano sets sail westward from Madeira to find a sea route to the Pacific Ocean. 1595 – During the French Wars of Religion, Henry IV of France… Read More

On This Day … 16 January

Events 27 BCE – Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus is granted the title Augustus by the Roman Senate, marking the beginning of the Roman Empire. 378 – General Siyaj K’ak’ conquers Tikal, enlarging the domain of King Spearthrower Owl of Teotihuacán. 550 – Gothic War: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege,… Read More

On This Day … 15 January

Events 69 – Otho seizes power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, beginning a reign of only three months. 1541 – King Francis I of France gives Jean-François Roberval a commission to settle the province of New France (Canada) and provide for the spread of the “Holy Catholic faith”. 1559 – Elizabeth I is… Read More