This Week In History: July 6-12


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July 6, 1189: Richard I is crowned King of England.

July 7, 1911: The United States, Great Britain, Japan, and Russia sign the North Pacific Fur Seal Convention of 1911 banning open-water seal hunting, the first international treaty to address wildlife preservation issues.

July 8, 1808: Joseph Bonaparte approves the Bayonne Statute, a royal charter intended as the basis for his rule as king of Spain.

July 9, 1810: Napoleon annexes the Kingdom of Holland as part of the First French Empire.

July 10, 1806: The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company.

July 11, 1796: The United States takes possession of Detroit from Great Britain under terms of the Jay Treaty.

July 12, 1804: Former United States Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton dies a day after being shot in a duel.


This Week In History: June 29-July 5


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June 29, 1786: Alexander Macdonell and over 500 Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario.

June 30, 1908: The Tunguska event occurs in remote Siberia.

July 1, 1867: The British North American Act of 1867 takes effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada.

July 2, 1839: Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad.

July 3, 987: Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792.

July 4, 1776: The United States Declaration of Independence is adopted by the Second Continental Congress.

July 5, 1811: Venezuela declares independence from Spain.


Friday Favorite: British Men: Bedtime Stories


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If you loved British Men: Poetry and Prose, you’re in for a treat this week. Our Favorite really has nothing to do with history or romance, but it’s just too darn cute to ignore. The compiler describes the collection like this: “Loki, Sherlock, Mr. Thornton, Captain Wentworth, The Doctor. Enjoy.”

We will :-D

Tom Hiddleston and Cookie Monster

This Week In History: June 22-28


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June 22, 1783: A poisonous cloud caused by the eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France.


June 23, 1794: Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev.

June 24, 1793: The first Republican constitution in France is adopted.

June 25, 1788: Virginia becomes the tenth state to ratify the United States Constitution.

June 26, 1857: The first investiture of the Victoria Cross in Hyde Park, London.


June 27, 1806: British forces take Buenos Aires during the first British invasion of the Rio de la Plata.

June 28, 1461: Edward IV is crowned King of England.







Friday Favorite: Hugh Grant Reads Waterloo Victory Dispatch




Our favorite this week commemorates a turning point in history. On June 19, 1815, the Duke of Wellington sent one of the world’s most famous military dispatches, describing his defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo.¬†Listen to it in full¬†read by Hugh Grant, courtesy of The Guardian.


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