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Monday, January 08, 2007
This means "War!"
If we didn't have something to fight over what would we do with ourselves?

History is replete with one people or nation trying to subdue another people or nation; one group trying to wipe out another; etc. It's a sad state of affairs, and we haven't learned from centuries of mistakes. So, what's a historian to do? Catalogue them, of course.

Many fierce, famous, and infamous battles were fought in January throughout history. Here are just a few:

Jan 2, 1492 - you already know that the Battle of Granada was won by the Spanish and ejected the Moors from Spain (see my Jan 2 post)

Jan 5-9, 1878 - in the Fourth Battle of Shipka Pass, the Russians finally defeated the Ottomans who, as you may know, were trying to spread into Europe (they sieged Vienna more than once throughout history)

Jan 14, 1797 - Napoleon scored his first victory over the Austrians in the Battle of Rivoli

Jan 3-19, 1862 - a series of Civil War battles were fought in Virginia and Maryland, all of which the Union won

Jan 17, 1746 - those Scottish rebels, the Jacobites, defeated the English dragoons at the Battle of Falkirk; unfortunately their celebration was short-lived as the Battle of Culloden Moor happened a mere three months later

Jan 19, 1419 - Henry V of England finally won the Siege of Rouen, giving England a toehold in Burgundy (for a while at least)

Jan 22, 1879 - The Zulu war began with two battles: Zulu forces massacred a British detachment in the Battle of Isandlwana, and a heavily outnumbered British force beat back Zulu forces in the Battle of Rorke's Drift

Jan 26, 1885 - Battle of Khartoum

Today in History: Communication wasn't what it is now - as today's fact shows. Two weeks after the Treaty of Ghent was signed, officially ending the War of 1812, The Battle of New Orleans was fought on January 8 in what year?
Anonymous Cindy Green said...
Ah Hah - I know this one. :) 1815

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
You got it, Cindy. Congratulations!

Blogger Debby said...
it was 1815

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