This Week in History: OK Corral, ‘Albanian Braveheart,’ Pompeii, Agincourt, Constantine, US Navy, Irish Constitution, & More

Media and social media this week provided too many examples of historical blindness and ignorance, both from conservatives and from leftists. We cannot understand our present if we do not understand our past. Below are some of the important historical events that occurred this week throughout world history.

October 23

42 BC – The Second Battle of Philippi, a victory for Marc Antony and Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), decisively defeats Julius Caesar’s killer Brutus, who commits suicide.

1086 – From PJ Media: “Muslims Worship Allah Atop 2,400 Decapitated Christian Heads [at the Battle of Sagrajas].”

1942 – British General Montgomery launches a major offensive against the Nazis during WWII at El Alamein, Egypt. Montgomery was a disastrous general in many ways, and he won in North Africa only because of superior troop numbers and supplies, and air cover. 

October 24

79 AD – “Mt. Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae and killing thousands.”

1648 – The signing of the Peace of Westphalia in Europe ends both the Thirty Years’ War and the Eighty Years’ War.

1922 – “The Irish Parliament voted to adopt a constitution for an Irish Free State, which formally came into existence in December.”

October 25

1415 – On the feast day of Sts. Crispin and Crispian, King Henry V of England defeats a much larger French force (the British were outnumbered four- or five-to-one) at the Battle of Agincourt. English longbows play a key role. The battle was immortalized in William Shakespeare’s play Henry V and its famous St. Crispin’s Day Speech.

1854 – Charge of the Light Brigade.

1971 – The tyranny-loving United Nations expels the democratic Republic of China in favor of the CCP.

1973 – The Yom Kippur War, which occurred when an Arab coalition attacked Israel, ends.

October 26

1450 – PJ Media’s Raymond Ibrahim says a “man who would come to be known as the ‘Albanian Braveheart’ delivered his homeland from a brutal Muslim siege following a series of events that still boggle the mind.”

1774 – “First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia.”

1881 – Famous shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, between members of the Clanton/McLaury gang and law enforcement, namely the Earp brothers (Virgil, Morgan, and the famous Wyatt Earp) and their friend Doc Holliday.

1955 – Ngo Dinh Diem proclaims South Vietnam to be a republic, with himself as president. 

October 27

312 – Constantine receives his famous vision of the cross with the message “In hoc signo vinces (in this sign you shall conquer)” before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge,

1775 – Navy Day, previously considered US Navy’s birthday.

1787 – The first of the 85 “Federalist Papers” essays appears in print in a New York City newspaper.

October 28

1449 – The first Danish monarch of the House of Oldenburg is crowned king. Members of the House of Oldenburg still rule Denmark today.

1636 – Harvard University founded.

1776 – American Revolution’s Battle of White Plains.

1886 – The Statue of Liberty is dedicated on an island in New York Harbor.

1922 – “Fascist blackshirts began their ‘March on Rome’ from Naples which resulted in the formation of a dictatorship under Benito Mussolini.”

1948 – Official adoption of the flag of Israel.

October 29

539 BC – King Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian Empire, marches into the capital of Babylon, conquering it. He is the ruler who ensured that the exiled Jews suffering under the Babylonian Captivity could return to Jerusalem and rebuild their Temple.

1923 – With the Ottoman Empire destroyed, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk founds the Republic of Turkey.

1929 – “The stock market crashed as over 16 million shares were dumped amid tumbling prices. The Great Depression followed in America, lasting until the outbreak of World War II.”

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Posted by CatSalgado32

Catherine Salgado is a columnist for The Rogue Review, a Writer for MRC Free Speech America, and writes her own Substack, Pro Deo et Libertate. She received the Andrew Breitbart MVP award for August 2021 from The Rogue Review for her journalism.


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