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On this day in 356 BCE, Alexander the Great is born in Macedon. "There is nothing impossible to him who will try."
On this day in 1944, assassins attempt to kill Adolf Hitler by planting a bomb in his East Prussian headquarters. The Führer survives the blast, citing divine intervention. Mass arrests follow; nearly 5,000 Germans will be executed for their alleged involvement in the plot.
#OTD in 1918, the armored cruiser USS San Diego became the only major U.S. Navy warship lost to enemy action during WWI. The cause of the explosion that sank the ship near New York was debated for a century until a team of researchers determined it was a mine deployed by U-156.
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Constellation vs. L’Insurgent – How Commodore Truxtun Delivered the Fledgling U.S. Navy’s First Major Victory…
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Flying Colours – A Brief History of Warplane Insignia…
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#OnThisDay 16-19 July 1808, France suffered its first major land defeat since Napoleon became Emperor, when the Spanish Army surrounded General Dupont's army at the Battle of Bailen. 17,600 French troops were captured, along with wagons of loot taken from the Spanish.
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P-47s over Italy from the 1945 documentary "Thunderbolt" via the U.S. National Archives. Here are 11 facts about Republic's famous heavyweight fighter:…
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MHN welcomes its newest contributor: Thomas Sheppard, author of 'Commanding Petty Despots — The American Navy in the New Republic' from our friends at the U.S. Naval Institute Press @NavalInstitute "Deep research, careful analysis, and beautiful prose."…
On this day in 1870, France declares war on Prussia. Within six months German troops will be marching through the streets of Paris.
On this day in 1545, Tudor England loses its state-of-the-art warship, the Mary Rose, in action against a French invasion fleet off the Isle of Wight. The vessel will spend 437 years on bottom before being recovered in 1982.
Constellation vs. L’Insurgent – How Commodore Truxtun Delivered the Fledgling U.S. Navy’s First Major Victory…
A Canadian soldier guarding a captured German soldier, Vaucelles, France, 18 July 1944. Credit: Ken Bell.
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Today in 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry storms the walls of Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C. Despite the Union's failure to capture the objective, the unit's heroism proves the mettle of African-American troops, paving the way for the raising of even more Black regiments.
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@MilHistNow Today in 1918, the German Spring Offensive is finally defeated by the French Fourth Army east of Reims. The defensive success enables Foch to launch the battle of Soissons, marking the turning point of the war as the Germans would be on the defensive for the remainder of the war.
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On this day in 1914, the U.S. Army Signal Corps establishes a 23-plane "Aviation Section." It's the forerunner of the USAF.
On this day in 1925, Adolf Hitler publishes the first volume of 'Mein Kampf.' In it, the future German Führer tells his life story, deals in toxic racial hatreds and lays out his plans for what will become the Third Reich. Eventually, more than 10 million copies will be printed.
Today in 1863, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry storms the walls of Fort Wagner near Charleston, S.C. Despite the Union's failure to capture the objective, the unit's heroism proves the mettle of African-American troops, paving the way for the raising of even more Black regiments.
MHN publishes articles from authors & historians like @StuartHeaver. Check out his latest: "The Coal Black Sea — Winston Churchill and the Worst Naval Catastrophe of the First World War" from @HistoryPress.…
On this day in 1944, two munition ships explode in Port Chicago, California, killing 320. Most of the dead are African American sailors and dock workers. A month later, 50 survivors will be charged with mutiny after refusing to work until more safety precautions are implemented.
On this day in 1918, the RMS Carpathia sinks off England's west coast after being torpedoed by a German U-boat. The vessel won worldwide fame just six years earlier for being the first ship to respond to the Titanic's distress signal.
On this day in 1936, nationalist elements within the Spanish military rise up to overthrow the country's left-of-centre coalition government. The coup triggers a three-year civil war that leaves hundreds of thousands dead.
On this day in 1945, Truman, Stalin and Churchill assemble at Potsdam, Germany to map out the post-war world. Behind the scenes, relations between the Western Allies and Moscow are beginning to unravel.
On this day in 1791, Lafayette orders the French National Guard to fire into a crowd of Parisians gathered on the Champ de Mars. The mob has assembled to demand the overthrow of France's monarchy.
On this day in 1453, the French defeat an English army at Castillon. It's the last major battle of the Hundred Years War.
On this day in 2014, a Russian surface-to-air missile destroys a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine. The aircraft, which is flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, is carrying 283 passengers and 15 crew. All are killed.
On this day in 1916, the German U-boat 'Deutschland' arrives in Baltimore, Maryland. Locals wine and dine the crew, but the following year, American warships will be hunting down and destroying German subs on the high seas.
On this day in 1945, the cruiser USS Indianapolis sails from San Francisco on a top secret mission to the tiny South Pacific island of Tinian. In the warship's hold is a deadly cargo: the Hiroshima bomb.
On this day in 1940, Adolf Hitler orders his generals to begin planning for an amphibious invasion of Great Britain. Operation Sea Lion is scheduled to begin in September after the RAF has been eliminated and Germany controls the skies over southern England.
On this day in 1945, the United States detonates history's first nuclear weapon. The top secret test is carried out in the New Mexico desert under the codename 'Trinity.' Just 21 days later, Hiroshima is destroyed by the first of two atomic bombs to be dropped on Japan.
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The Coal Black Sea – How a Shocking 1914 Naval Disaster Nearly Sank Winston Churchill…
On this day in 1849, the Austrian army drops bombs on the city of Venice using unmanned balloons. It's history's first air raid (and drone strike).
On this day in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte surrenders to the captain of the British warship HMS Bellerophon off Rochefort, France. "I am come to throw myself on the protection of your Prince and your laws." It has been 27 days since his army was crushed at Waterloo.
Today in 1918, 23 German divisions attack the Allied lines along the Marne. It's the Kaiser's last major offensive on the Western Front in WW1. British, French & American forces soon recover and begin a 100-day campaign that brings the four-year-old war to its final conclusion.
Doctors, nurses & corpsmen of an actual Korean War M*A*S*H unit.
On this day in 1789, a mob of 900 Parisians storm the Bastille. Erected in the 14th century, the fortress-turned-prison had come to symbolize the oppression of the Ancien Régime among many of France's revolutionaries. #BastilleDay
On this day in 1969, long running tensions between the nations of El Salvador and Honduras boil over amid a World Cup qualifying match between the two countries. The resulting Football War (or Soccer War) produces 3,000 casualties in just a few days. See:…
On this day in 1863, anti-draft rioters begin a deadly three-day rampage through Manhattan targeting African Americans. As many as 200 are killed before federal troops, including 4,000 soldiers who only just fought at Gettysburg, arrive to restore order to the city.
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The latest from Tom Clancy. One would think he'd be taking it easier these past few years.
Today in 1943, the Red Army launches a counteroffensive against German forces near Kursk at Prokhorovka. With more than 600 Soviet tanks and self-propelled guns in action against nearly 300 Panzers, the battle will be remembered as one of the largest armoured clashes in history.
On this day in 1917, a horrifying new chemical weapon debuts on the Western Front. A blistering agent known as bis (2-chloroethyl) sulfide, soldiers in the trenches soon call it by another name: Mustard Gas. See:…
Today in 1864, Confederate forces under Jubal Early skirmish with Union troops at Ft Stevens — just five miles north of the Capitol. Unable to gain the upper hand, the Rebels withdraw on July 12. "We didn't take Washington, but we scared Abe Lincoln like hell," Early remarks.
@MilHistNow Today in 1690, Tourville wins a great victory at Beachy Head over an Anglo-Dutch fleet. A dozen ships of the line, mainly Dutch, are destroyed while no French ship is lost. It was considered English Admiral Torrington had abandoned the Dutch vanguard. He never held command again.
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On this day in 1940, British news cameras atop the Cliffs of Dover capture a Luftwaffe strike on shipping in the English Channel. The raids, known as the Kanalkampf, mark the beginning of the Battle of Britain.
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