Deven Kane

Today in History – May 10, 1857 – The Great Uprising commences in India

Decades of simmering economic, cultural, social and religious resentments to the rule of the East India Company finally ignited in the military cantonment of Meerut in North India.  By 1857 the East India Company reigned supreme in the subcontinent.  After the debacle of the Afghan War in 1839, the independent Sikh State of the Punjab …

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Today in History – May 9, 1946 – Umberto II the “King of May” becomes the last King of Italy

It was a decision that came three years too late.  With a referendum on the monarchy looming and tainted by his previous support of fascism King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy finally abdicated his throne n favor of his son Umberto II and left the country the following day.  Victor Emmanuel had allowed Mussolini to rise to …

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Today in History – May 8, 1794 – Antoine Lavoisier is sent to the National Razor

Antoine Lavoisier named oxygen.  He discovered that oxygen when combined with hydrogen (which he also named) produced water.  He demonstrated oxygen’s role in rusting metal and in respiration.  He proved the law of conservation of mass i.e. even though matter changed its state in a chemical reaction its mass remains unchanged.  He discovered that air …

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Today in History – May 7, 1915 – Sinking of the Lusitania

During World War I, Germany did an impressive job turning sympathy into hostility.  At the start of the war the Royal Navy blockaded German ports.  The blockade was also extended to neutral ports like those in the Netherlands, under the logical argument that they were being used to import materiel that kept the German war …

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Today in History – May 6, 1527 – Sack of Rome

It was an event that shocked Europe.  The armies of a Christian Catholic Emperor (containing protestants) sacked the Eternal City sending the Pope fleeing for his life to the security of the Castel Sant’Angelo before he surrendered the following month.  Pope Clement VII had allied with France in an effort to liberate the Papal States from …

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Today in History – May 5, 1862 – Battle of Puebla commemorated today as Cinco de Mayo

Napoleon I had his Spanish ulcer.  His nephew Napoleon III‘s ulcer was Mexican.  In 1861 President Benito Juarez‘s suspension of interest payments ticked off Mexio’s European creditors France, Spain and the United Kingdom.  The three powers sent their navies to threaten Mexico.  However Spain and the United Kingdom soon realized that Napoleon III meant to …

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Today in History – May 4, 1799 – Fall of Seringapatam and death of Tipu Sultan

The Kingdom of Mysore under Hyder Ali and then his son Tipu Sultan had been a repeated burr in the saddle for British attempts to conquer South India.  The first two wars against Hyder Ali had ended in a draw.  In 1792 the British won a resounding victory over Tipu Sultan in the Third Anglo-Mysore …

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Today in History – May 4, 1471 – Battle of Tewkesbury

This was the battle that should have ended the War of the Roses.  In 1461 Edward IV of the House of York had successfully seized the throne.  Henry VI was captured and the Lancastrian Prince of Wales Edward of Westminster and his mother Queen Margaret of Anjou fled to France.  England settled into a calm after the first …

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Today in History – May 3, 1791 – Adoption of the Polish Constitution of May 3

This was a constitution that survived for only a year, but was 100 years in the making.  It was the first codified constitution in Europe and the second in the world after the American constitution. In 1652, the disastrous reign of Jan II Casimir Vasa saw the first use of a constitutional innovation whose growth …

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Today in History – May 2, 1892 – Birth of Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen aka The Red Baron

Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen aka The Red Baron is better known as the rival of Snoopy from Peanuts.  von Richtofen was possibly the top Ace pilot of World War I with over 80 air combat victories. The Red Baron was killed in combat on April 21, 1918 possibly by a bullet fired from the …

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