Tag Archives: Crusade

What Happened – November 27

It was on this day in 1095 that Pope Urban II first urged Christians in Europe to wage war against Muslims in the Middle East. The Turks had control of Jerusalem, and they had banned Christian pilgrims from visiting the … Continue reading

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What Happened – July 8

It was on this day in 1853 that Commodore Matthew C. Perry steamed into what in now known as Tokyo Bay. Japan had a culture of isolationism, allowing only trade with the Dutch and the Chinese, and the US wanted to … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 28

It was on this day that The War To End All Wars both started and ended. The Archduke of Austria and his wife were assassinated on the 28th of June in 1914. Due to various treaties and tempers of the time, … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 26

IF it really happened, then it was on this day in 1284 that over a 100 children followed the Pied Piper out of town. According to legend the man was hired to rid Hamelin (Germany) of rats,  and did so by playing his … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 10

It was on this day in 2007 that HBO broadcast the final episode of “The Sopranos.” The earliest event that Wiki says happened on this day is “1190 – Third Crusade: Frederick I Barbarossa drowns in the river Saleph while leading an army … Continue reading

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What Happened – June 7

It was on this day in 1892 that Homer Plessy was arrested while sitting in a first-class train car. He had the proper ticket, but wasn’t the proper race. Louisiana had a law that mandated segregated train cars, and a local … Continue reading

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What Happened – May 24

“WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT” It was on this day in 1844 that Samuel Morse sent that message from Washington DC to Balitamore MD via telegraph. Prior to this, the fastest way to get a message delivered across long distances was horseback … Continue reading

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