Today in history 8/17/2017


Today in history, By the Treaty of Abo, Sweden cedes southeast Finland to Russia, ending Sweden’s failed war with Russia in 1743.

Today in historyNapoleon Bonaparte‘s army defeats the Russians at the Battle of Smolensk during the Russian retreat to Moscow in 1812.

Today in history, The first steam ship to cross the Atlantic entirely on its own power, the Canadian ship Royal William (see picture below), begins her journey from Nova Scotia to The Isle of Wight in 1833.

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Today in history, Union gunboats attack Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina, for the first time in 1863.

Today in history, Upon hearing confirmation that Japan has surrendered, Sukarno proclaims Indonesia’s independence in 1945.

Today in history, Three Americans complete the first crossing of the Atlantic in a balloon in 1978.

Cosplay Wednesday for 8/16/2017


Here’s this week’s Cosplay Wednesday post! Hope you all enjoy!

Otakuthon 2017-730 by MrJechgo! 😀

Otakuthon 2017-638 by MrJechgo! ^_^

Naruto the Last – Hinata Hyuga cosplay by Setor! 🙂

cosplay —- Luo Tianyi by MoeLu! 😀

Doma Umaru cosplay 7 by KicchanPyon! ^_^

Quetzalcoatl (Lucoa) Cosplay by MeirouTenshi! 🙂

Girl With A Cannon 3 by Valikdu! 😀

Today in history 8/16/2017


Today in history, Henry VIII of England and Emperor Maximilian defeat the French at Guinegate, France, in the Battle of the Spurs in 1513.

Today in history, U.S. President James Buchanan and Britain’s Queen Victoria exchange messages inaugurating the first transatlantic telegraph line in 1858.

Today in history, Gold is discovered in the Klondike of Canada’s Yukon Territory, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush in 1896.

Today in history, The two-person crew of the L-8 (see picture below), a U.S. Navy blimp, disappears without a trace on a routine anti-submarine patrol over the Pacific Ocean. The blimp drifts without her crew and crash-lands in Daly City, California in 1942.

Today in history, The safe of the sunken ocean liner Andrea Doria (see picture below) is opened on TV after three decades, revealing cash and certificates but no other valuables in 1984.

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Today in history 8/15/2017



Today in history, Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army in 1261.

Today in history, Hugh O’Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598.

Today in history, Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz in 1760.

Today in history, The Confederate raider Tallahassee (see picture below) captures six Federal ships off New England in 1864.

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Today in history, The Panama Canal opens to traffic in 1914.

Today in history, American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon in 1944.

Today in history, Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan in 1947.

Today in history, The infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal (see picture below) is captured in Khartoum, Sudan in 1994.

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Today in history 8/11/2017-8/14/2017



Today in history, President Abraham Lincoln (see picture below) appoints Union General Henry Halleck to the position of general-in-chief of the Union Army in 1862.

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Today in history, Troops from Egypt and Morocco arrive in Saudi Arabia as part of the international operation to prevent Iraq from invading in 1990.

Today in historyNATO assumes command of the international peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, its first major operation outside Europe in 2003.


Today in history, Gold is discovered near Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada. After word reaches the United States in June of 1897, thousands of Americans head to the Klondike to seek their fortunes in 1896.

Today in historyHenry Ford‘s first Model T rolls off the assembly line in 1908.

Today in history, Computer giant IBM introduces its first personal computer (see picture below) in 1981.

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Today in history, The first African-American nursing school opens at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881.

Today in history, The first coin-operated telephone (see picture below) is patented by William Gray in 1889.

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Today in history, The US Court of Appeals rules Congress must save all emails in 1993.


Today in history, The first book ever printed is published by a German astrologer named Faust (see picture below). He is thrown in jail while trying to sell books in Paris. Authorities concluded that all the identical books meant Faust had dealt with the devil in 1457.

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Today in historyJapan announces its unconditional surrender in World War II in 1945.

Today in historyPakistan becomes an independent country in 1947.