Category: History

Kristallnacht: The Night of Broken Glass.

Jewish communities throughout Germany were subjected to a night of terror, eighty years ago today, when Nazi thugs went on […]

Today in History: Laika, the first dog launched into space to orbit the Earth.

Russian cosmonaut, Laika, was the first dog launched into orbit on the Soviet satellite Spuntik 2 on November 3rd 1957, less […]

Today in History: Henry Parkes’ Tenterfield Address.

On October 24th, 1889, at the Tenterfield School of the Arts, in rural New South Wales, Henry Parkes, known as […]

Life in the fast lane: Death of James Dean.

James Dean became a racing enthusiast late in his short life. He harboured dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500, […]

Today in History: Lascaux Cave Art Discovery.

Seventy-eight years ago today, on September 12th, 1940, only just fifteen miles away from the town Montignac, in southwest France, […]

The Battle of Teutoburg Forest.

The expansion of the Roman empire must have seemed limitless to generations of Romans. Nearing the end of the first […]

Today in History: Justinian I becomes sole emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

The remarkable rise of a peasant boy named Petrus Sabbatius (Justinian I The Great), to the lofty heights of the […]

Today in History: The battle of Varbitza Pass and the death of Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros.

There have been many Byzantine Emperors who had died in battle – Emperors Julian, Valens and famously Constantine XI Palaiologos, […]

Today in History: Birth of Rembrandt van Rijn.

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was born July 15th 1606 in Leiden during The Dutch Golden Age (1585-1702) where the Dutch […]

Today in History: The death of Roman Emperor Hadrian.

Relatively early in the complex state that was the Roman Empire, a man named Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus), became the […]