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|394||Theodosius becomes the sole ruler of Italy after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the Frigidus.|
|1422||Sultan Murat II ends a vain siege of Constantinople.|
|1522||One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan’s trip around the world makes it back to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.|
|1688||Imperial troops defeat the Turks and take Belgrade, Serbia.|
|1793||French General Jean Houchard and his 40,000 men begin a three-day battle against an Anglo-Hanoveraian army at Hondschoote, southwest Belgium, in the wars of the French Revolution.|
|1847||Henry David Thoreau leaves Walden Pond and moves back into town, to Concord, Massachusetts.|
|1861||Union General Ulysses S. Grant‘s forces capture Paducah, Kentucky from Confederate forces.|
|1870||The last British troops to serve in Austria are withdrawn.|
|1901||President William McKinley is shot while attending a reception at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, by 28-year-old anarchist Leon Czolgosz. McKinley dies eight days later, the third American president assassinated.|
|1907||The luxury liner Lusitania leaves London for New York on her maiden voyage.|
|1918||The German Army begins a general retreat across the Aisne, with British troops in pursuit.|
|1936||Aviator Beryl Markham flies the first east-to-west solo flight by a woman across the Atlantic Ocean.|
|1937||The Soviet Union accuses Italy of torpedoing two Russian ships in the Mediterranean.|
|1941||Germany announces that all Jews living in the country will have to begin wearing a Star of David.|
|1943||The United States asks the Chinese Nationals to join with the Communists to present a common front to the Japanese.|
|1953||The last American and Korean prisoners are exchanged in Operation Big Switch, the last official act of the Korean War.|
|1965||Indian troops invade Lahore; Pakistan paratroopers raid Punjab.|
|1972||The world learns an earlier announcement that all Israeli athletes taken hostage at the Munich Olympics had been rescued was erroneous; all had been killed by their captors from the Black September terrorist group; all but 3 terrorists also died in the shootout around midnight.|
|1976||Lieutenant Viktor Belenko, a Soviet air force pilot defects, flying a MiG-25 jet fighter to Tokyo, Japan, requesting political asylum in the US.|
|1988||Lee Roy Young becomes the first African-American Texas Ranger in the force’s 165-year history.|
|1991||The USSR officially recognizes independence for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.|
|1991||Leningrad, the second-largest city in the USSR, is renamed Saint Petersburg, which had been the city’s name prior to 1924.|
|1995||The Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken Jr. plays in his 2,131st consecutive game, breaking a 56-year MLB record held by Lou Gehrig; in 2007 fans voted this achievement the most memorable moment in MLB history.|
|1997||The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales takes place: over 1 million people line London’s streets to honor her and 2.5 billion watch the event on TV.|
In 1819, Mohammad Ali, leader of Egypt and Sudan, presented the UK with a gift. In honour of Britan's success in the Battle of the Nile and the Battle of Alexandria, Ali kindly gave away a huge, carved Egyptian Obelisk. The UK was grateful, but couldn't cover the cost of shipping the ancient, 21 metre high, 224 tonne structure. In 1877, pioneering doctor Sir William James Erasmus Wilson agreed to pay for the obelisk to be brought to the UK. It was encased in iron, which was fitted with a rudder, a stern and masts. Cleopatra, as the vessel was dubbed, was essentially a bespoke ship made especially for the needle. On her way to the UK, Cleopatra, her crew and precious cargo almost perished in a storm in the Bay of Biscay. Thankfully, everyone made it home in one piece and Cleopatra's Needle remains a true London landmark.Read more oversized shipping stories in the list here
1. BOUDICEA GETS HER REVENGE // CIRCA 60 CEThe city was rebuilt, only to be leveled again and again by fire. Read about the destruction of six more London fires at Mental Floss. The last conflagration listed was in 1794, so we can assume that building codes and firefighting techniques are protecting the city from such widespread fire now. Knock wood.
After the death of her husband Prasutagus in the mid-1st century CE, lands that should rightfully have passed to the ancient British queen Boudicea and her daughters were instead claimed by the invading Roman Empire. Before then, Boadicea’s tribe, the Iceni, had been allied with the Romans, but the entire affair soured that relationship.
Enraged, Boudicea sacked the Roman city at modern Colchester and marched her army on towards London—or rather, to the newly founded Roman settlement of Londinium—and burned it to the ground. So total was Boadicea’s destruction of the city that archaeologists working the capital today can still identify a noticeable thin layer of red-brown oxidized ash on the site occupying the original settlement, and Roman coins melted together by the extreme heat have even been found along the muddy banks of the Thames.
However, in most respects, the September 2017 and October 2017 full moons can be regarded as Harvest Moon co-stars. By that we mean that both have the characteristics of a Harvest Moon. The primary Harvest Moon characteristic has to do with the moonrise. On the average, the moon rises some 50 minutes later with each passing day. Around the time of the full Harvest Moon, the lag time between successive moonrises is reduced to a yearly low.There's a detailed explanation of why there's a difference in the lag in moonrise times, and how it makes the Harvest Moon seem bigger and brighter. I read it and thought, "But that's only in the Northern Hemisphere!" Well, duh. In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn, and the Harvest Moon, comes in March or April. Read more about what makes a Harvest Moon special, and why you should enjoy it in both September and October this year.
In 2017, there’s no appreciable difference between the lag in moonrise times associated with September and October full moons. In both of these months, the moon rises a shorter-than-usual time after sunset for several evenings in a row, following the date of full moon.