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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Halcyon Dayz, FCD » Thu Jun 14, 2018 9:40 pm

Believe me, the worst defeat of the Dutch Navy is much more embarrassing.

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Fourteen ships captured by French horsemen, 23 January 1795.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:56 am

If it happened like that, sure. Is that version of events generally the accepted one? I'm an 18th C military guy, but very firmly for stuff in my own neck of the woods.

June 15th, 1919: First non-stop transatlantic flight.

June 15th, a bad day for royal types:

923 - King Robert I of France killed in battle.
1184 - King Magnús Erlingsson (Magnus V) of Norway killed in battle.
1246 - Frederick II, Duke of Austria, killed in battle.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Mon Jun 18, 2018 10:18 am

June 18th, 1429: French victory against England at the Battle of Patay. However....
June 18th, 1815: French defeat to British, Prussians et al at the Battle of Waterloo.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:14 am

Lianachan wrote:June 18th, 1815: French defeat to British, Prussians et al at the Battle of Waterloo.

I think, by and large, this is one where we can safely root for the English in retrospect.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Jun 18, 2018 12:02 pm

I think Waterloo has enough for all of us. Much of the Allied army was Prussian, and even the "British" part had two divisions of Netherlanders, some Hannoverians, The King's German Legion and Scots both Highland and Lowland.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:47 pm

And it played Fuck the Tyrant really well, so good on them.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:45 pm

21 June, 1978 - 40 years ago today, The Ignominy of Córdoba. I was 9, I watched it, and I saw may dad do somersault at the last goal. Who scored the 1-1for the Schluchtis? You know who, my Scottish friends.

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:36 pm

Oh we know.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Мастер » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:40 am

June 22, 1941 - Operation Barbarossa commences with a bombing of cities in the Soviet-occupied part of Poland, and artillery attacks on the entire eastern front. Most likely some of Мастер's relatives participated in this attack, although it's not always easy to tell, as many of them had these curious gaps in their CVs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Although this operation initially went badly for the Soviet Union, ultimately they prevailed, and the Soviet flag went up over the Reichstag on May 2, 1945. The Third Reich soon passed into history, Germany was occupied and ultimately divided for forty years, much of Europe was brought into the Soviet sphere, and many people were severely displaced. The latter profoundly affected the lives of people still not born for a few decades, including some IRU members.

Three days previously, Soviet archeologists had opened the tomb of Timur the Tartar in Uzbekistan. It is claimed that the tomb had an inscription,
When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble.
and that inside the casket, there was a curse,
Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.


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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:39 am

Indeed it did. Ruddy archaeologists can't leave anything alone.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:47 am

June 25th, 1923: First ever air-to-air refuelling (of a DH.4).
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:02 pm

Blimey, that is much earlier than Ihtought it would be.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Mon Jun 25, 2018 12:24 pm

Me too, lifted that from wikipedia's "on this day" page. I assume it was done with nothing much more complicated than a hose, a funnel, and balls of steel.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:00 pm

I suspect so, holding a hose over the inlet which was no doubt near a red hot exhaust.

The Korean War started today in 1950.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Mon Jun 25, 2018 2:13 pm

In other bad news for The Greatest Country in the World T.M., General George Armstrong Custer had a Very, Very Bad Day T.M. at Little Bighorn on this day in 1876.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Arneb » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:33 am

26 June: 70 years ago today, the Berlin Airlift began.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:43 am

26th June 1483 - Dick the Shit becomes King of England.
26th June 1944 - the RAF accidentally bomb neutral San Marino, killing 35 civilians.
26th June 1977 - last Elvis concert.

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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:16 am

Yes, I was exactly the same.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:58 am

June 27th, 1759 - General James Wolfe, one of the genocidal butchers of the pacification of the Highlands in the aftermath of the '45, begins the siege of Quebec.
June 27th, 1760 - British forces defeated by Cherokee at the Battle of Echoee.
June 27th, 1905 - Mutiny on the Russian battleship Potemkin.....
June 27th, 1954 - three sent off and widespread fighting on and off the pitch at the Battle of Bern, as Hungary beat Brazil 4-2 in the QF of the world cup.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Halcyon Dayz, FCD » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:11 am

Lianachan wrote:26th June 1483 - Dick the Shit becomes King of England.

Didn't he just get a lot of bad press?
Particularly post-mortum.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:59 am

He did get a lot of bad press, particularly post-mortum, but there are contemporary accounts of his being an arse. Anyway, he invaded Scotland and stole Berwick from us so Dick the Shit he remains.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:15 pm

We'll get Berwick back next time.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:29 pm

In 2008 they had a vote about joining an independent Scotland should such a thing ever exist - yes won that with around 60% of the vote.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Lianachan » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:09 am

June 28th, 1950 - first killings in the Bodo League massacre, which I'm ashamed to admit I'd not heard of.
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Re: On this day in history...

Postby Heid the Ba » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:26 am

I was aware of it, since the Korean War is one of my areas. Syngman Rhee was an arsehole who did many terrible things to his own people, but he was the good guy so we backed him.

On a cheerier note: 28th June 1985 Heid and The Mem married in this church and then got drunk in this hotel before staying overnight in this hotel. It hadn't occurred to me before but it appears the theme for our wedding was "red sandstone".
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