Acts of War
Events leading to wars, historic battles, and surrenders.
A Declaration of War (July 28, 1914)
Five days after receiving and returning the Austrian Ultimatum, Serbia found itself the unwanted target of a declaration of war. Accused of being the cause of the death of Archduke Ferdinand, Serbia fought Austria in what would be the beginning of World War I. But, who was really responsible?
Caesar & The Battle of Thapsus (Feburary 6, 46 BC)
The famed battle of Thaspus--and what brought it about.
Death of the Red Baron (April 21, 1918)
The greatest flying ace of World War I died on April 21, 1918. He'd lived a short life, but had accomplished a great deal. The Red Baron caused many American boys to join the air force for the chance to take him down...
Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863)
The seven greatest lines ever uttered in American History were nearly forgotten. In this week's article, we examine the history of the Gettysburg Address and the significance of the events and times.
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Lee Surrenders to Grant (April 9, 1865)
Lee surrendered to Grant in Appomattox on April 9, 1865. Why was there even a war? Did the South have the right to act as they did and were their needs addressed by the War? How did it all go down? We'll examine some of the lesser-known history leading up to that event.
Sam Colt's Revolver (January 4, 1847) Today in History Homepage | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Today in History Site Map
After having a few setbacks in his early career as a gun designer and manufacturer, Samuel Colt rose to prominence in a time where guns were the most accurate weapons available. "Abe Lincoln set men free; Sam Colt made them equal."
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