Today in History

Content by F T.Bear

Good morning! Rise and shine!

Today in history is a place for you early risers to exercise your brains as you wait for the day to begin. Please, by all means, bring your own bits of history to the comments section and add your memories of what YOU did on this day however many years ago.

The beauty of an early morning historical post is that the date can mean the event happened today “our time” or today “other side of the world” time.

From the life and death of Plato through to the latest most recent history as it happens, we intend on bringing you stimulating and educational historical knowledge.

July 12

1863: British troops invaded the Waikato by crossing the Mangatawhiri Stream, which the Kingitanga had declared an aukati (a line not to be crossed). The Kingitanga had been formally established in 1858. The government saw its refusal to sell land as an impediment to European settlement. Kingitanga warriors fought in Taranaki in 1860–61, fuelling fears that the movement posed a challenge to British sovereignty. In January 1863, Governor George Grey announced his intention to dig around the Kingitanga until it fell.

1645: Russian Tzar Michael Romanov died.

1691: William III defeated the allied Irish and French armies at the Battle of Aughrim, Ireland.

1794: British Admiral Lord Nelson lost his right eye at the siege of Calvi, in Corsica.

1892: In France, floodwaters burst from a lake buried under a glacier on Mt. Blanc killing at least 175 people in the St. Gervais valley.

1962: Mick Jagger (18), Keith Richards (18) and Brian Jones (20) played The Marquee Club with three others, the first time they performed as the Rolling Stones.