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05/13 – The Dinamo–Red Star Riot

Zvonimir Boban (R) in his famous brawl with Croatian police. (Power Politics) On this day in 1990, thousands of football fans began filtering into Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb, Croatia - then a part of Yugoslavia - for a match between the local Dinamos and the visiting Red Stars, a team from Serbia. As with all…

05/11 – The Diamond Sūtra

A section of the Diamond Sūtra currently held in the British Library. (Public Domain) On this day in 868, the very first printed and dated book was produced in Tang China. Known colloquially as the Diamond Sūtra, its full title in Sanskrit was Vajracchedikā Prajñāpāramitā Sūtra (or, The Perfection of Wisdom Text that Cuts Like…

05/10 – The Assault on Hamburger Hill

Members of the 101st Airborne land on Hill 937, aka "Hamburger Hill." Many LZ's (landing zones) like this one were under constant fire from PAVN positions. (Je Me Souviens) On this day in 1969, American UH-1 "Huey" helicopters began landing in the A Sầu Valley, a remote, densely-jungled region of Vietnam close to the Laotian…

05/07 – The Cult of the Supreme Being

Fête de l'Etre suprême, by Pierre-Antoine Demachy. Complaints about the "creaking stiffness" of the highly-organized event did not bode well for the success of Robespierre's pet "religion". (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1794, French lawyer Maximilien Robespierre proposed an idea for a new state religion in France. Known as the Cult of the Supreme…

05/05 – The Battle on the Ice

A modern interpretation of Hermann's knights charging across Lake Peipus. (SF Girl) On this day in 1242, thousands of Crusading Knights faced off against the armed hordes of the Republic of Novgorod. No, this was not a televised figure-skating competition but a clash between the forces of Catholic Good™ and Orthodox Evil™. Seeking to expand…

05/04 – Inter Caetera: A World Split in Two

The Cantino planisphere, a 1502 map depicting a world carved in half by the Portuguese and Spanish. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1493, a papal bull by the name of inter caetera ("Among other works") was issued by Pope Alexander VI from the Vatican. The decree stated that the Americas would be split into…

04/30 – The Philippine Women’s Suffrage Referendum

Filipino president Manuel L. Quezon, a proponent of women's rights, depicted in a 1937 editorial cartoon. (Flickr) On this day in 1937, women in the Philippines won the right to vote after a national referendum. A full 90% of participants supported women's suffrage, a surprise result in a country that still (in many areas) embraced…

04/24 – Operation Eagle Claw

Delta Force assaulters preparing for the rescue mission. Operators dressed in civilian clothes and concealed their weapons and ammunition beneath black-dyed BDU jackets. (Wikimedia Commons) On this day in 1980, Operation Eagle Claw - the US mission to rescue the 52 hostages held at the American embassy in Tehran, Iran - began after months of…

04/21 – The Red Baron

The "Red Baron" during WWI in front of his bright-red Fokker DR.I aircraft. Many sources indicate that Richthofen resented the publicity he gained from his combat record. (Pinterest) On this day in 1918, German Air Force pilot Manfred von Richthofen was killed while engaging in aerial combat over Vaux-sur-Somme, France. Richthofen - known as Der…