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In the southeast of Italy, approximately 170 miles from Rome, the tiny town of Cannae would be the scene for the last major threat to the security of the Roman Republic for nearly six centuries on August 2, 216 BCE. More than 85,000 Roman troops lined… Read More →

Under the leadership of Mao Zedong, the Communist Party of China launched an aggressive campaign to transform the nation by officially instating the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution with a decree on August 1, 1966.  Chairman Mao and his government set out to institute socialism at the expense of… Read More →

The American judicial system – an effective instrument for social change in the middle of the 20th century – would be forever changed thanks to a humble birth in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908.  William Marshall, a porter for the local railroad, and his wife Norma, a teacher, welcomed a baby boy named Thoroughgood to their… Read More →

In 1955, when the United States and other NATO members decided to include West Germany as a member of the organization and made way for the nation to remilitarize, the move was perceived as a direct threat by erstwhile USSR and the communist bloc. The Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, popularly called Warsaw Pact,… Read More →

In the wake of Nero's death in 68 CE, the Roman Empire became a free-for-all.  The Year of the Four Emperors – a civil war by another name – saw Galba assume the throne, only to be murdered by Otho, a man soon overtaken by Vitellius in April.  Otho's backers, eager to find someone to remove the… Read More →

Surveyor 1, the earliest of the seven robotic surveyor space crafts, sent to the lunar surface to collect data for National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Apollo missions, landed on the moon on June 2, 1966 at 6:17 hours UTC.

Surveyor 1 became the first spacecraft to make a true soft landing on the… Read More →

On June 1, 2001, the Crown Prince Dipendra of Nepal sent the country into shock and sorrow as he went on to massacre the king, queen and several other members of the royal family, before turning the gun on himself.

29-year-old Crown Prince Dipendra killed Nepalese King Birendra and Queen Aiswarya, his 22-year-old brother, Prince Nirajan, and sister,… Read More →

After seven years of hard work by 47 scholars, Robert Parker sent the King James Bible to print on May 2, 1611. In commissioning the first complete English translation of Christianity’s most sacred book, the king hoped to… Read More →

More than five miles above sea level, a group of four mountain climbers led by Conrad Anker found what they were looking for on May 1, 1999. A human foot jutting from the windswept rock… Read More →

Fairy tales have captivated the imagination of children for generations, leaving them spellbound with tales of heroes and villains in fanciful lands. Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen, who produced more timeless tales to fill the genre than perhaps any other author,… Read More →