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365 Days of Military History: By Date

Updated: May 31, 2021

JANUARY


January 1, 1814 – Birth of Hong Xiuquan

January 2, 1963 – Battle of Ap Bac

January 3, 1777 – Battle of Princeton

January 4, 1913 – Death of Alfred von Schlieffen

January 5, 1477 – Death of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy

January 6, 1842 – General Elphinstone Leaves Kabul

January 7, 1942 – MacArthur’s Army withdraws into Bataan

January 8, 1815 – Battle of New Orleans

January 9, 1806 – Funeral of Horatio Nelson

January 10, 49 BC – Caesar crosses the Rubicon

January 11, 630 – The Prophet Muhammad enters Mecca

January 12, 1945 – Vistula-Oder Offensive begins

January 13, 1898 – Zola exposes Dreyfus Affair

January 14, 1943 – Casablanca Conference

January 15, 1865 – Battle of Fort Fisher

January 16, 27 BC – Rise of Augustus

January 17, 1781 – Battle of Cowpens

January 18, 1593 – Thailand's Famous Elephant Duel

January 19, 1862 – Battle of Mill Springs

January 20, 1944 – Battle of the Rapido River; Texas' Black Day of World War II

January 21, 1919 – Irish War of Independence begins

January 22, 1879 – Anglo-Zulu War; Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift

January 23, 1795 – Capture of the Dutch fleet at Den Helder

January 24, 41 CE – Caligula assassinated

January 25, 1573 – Battle of Mikatagahara

January 26, 1945 – Audie Murphy's Action that Merits the Medal of Honor

January 27, 1945 – Soviets liberate Auschwitz

January 28, 1077 – Submission at Canossa

January 29, 661 – Assassination of Ali and the Sunni-Shi'a Split

January 30, 1968 – Tet Offensive in Vietnam

January 31, 1944 – Battle of Anzio and U.S. Army Rangers at Cisterna

FEBRUARY


February 1, 1979 – Khomeini's Return and the Iranian Revolution

February 2, 1943 – Surrender at Stalingrad

February 3, 1945 – MacArthur Returns to the Philippines; Battle of Manila

February 4, 1703 – 47 Ronin

February 5, 1945 – Battle of the Serchio River & Buffalo Soldiers in WWII

February 6, 1778 – America allies with France

February 7, 1968 – Eugene Ashley MOH

February 8, 1807 – Battle of Eylau

February 9, 1904 - Beginning of Russo-Japanese War

February 10, 1258 – Mongol sack of Baghdad

February 11, 1945 – Yalta Conference

February 12, 1946 – Beating of Isaac Woodward

February 13, 1951 – Battle of Chipyong-Ni

February 14, 1797 – Battle of Cape St. Vincent

February 15, 1942 – Battle of Singapore

February 16, 1862 – Battle of Fort Donelson

February 17, 1979 – Sino-Vietnamese War

February 18, 1229 – Sixth Crusade; Frederick II retakes Jerusalem

February 19, 1942 – Tuskegee Airmen founded

February 20, 1810 – Death of Andreas Hofer

February 21, 1916 – Beginning of Battle of Verdun

February 22, 1943 – Sophie Scholl & the White Rose

February 23, 1847 – Mexican-American War & the Battle of Buena Vista

February 24, 1917 – Zimmerman Telegram

February 25, 1634 – Death of Albrecht von Wallenstein in the Thirty Years' War

February 26, 1991 – Desert Storm and the Battle of 73 Easting

February 27, 1881 – First Boer War & Battle of Majuba Hill

February 28, 202 BC – Liu Bang becomes Emperor of China

February 29, 1940 – Finland sues for peace in Soviet-Finnish Winter War

MARCH


March 1, 1896 – Battle of Adwa

March 2, 537 – Great Siege of Rome & Belisarius's Campaigns

March 3, 1918 - Treaty of Brest Litovsk

March 4, 1958 – Ruby Bradley promoted Colonel; Story of Ruby Bradley

March 5, 1953 – Death of Joseph Stalin

March 6, 1836 – Battle of the Alamo

March 7, 1945 – Battle of Remagen

March 8, 1917 – Russian Revolution begins

March 9, 1862 – Battle of Hampton Roads

March 10, 241 BC – Battle of the Aegates Islands; First Punic War

March 11, 1805 – Deborah Sampson’s appeal, woman soldier in Revolution

March 12, 2006 – Black Hearts incident in Iraq

March 13, 1954 – Battle of Dien Bien Phu

March 14, 1757 – Admiral John Byng’s execution

March 15, 1783 – Newburgh Conspiracy

March 16, 1968 – My Lai Massacre

March 17, 1781 – General Nathanael Greene stops Cornwallis in North Carolina

March 18, 1871 – Paris Commune

March 19, 1962 – Algerian War of Independence

March 20, 2005 – Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester

March 21, 1944 – Virginia Hall lands in France; The Odyssey of "A Woman of No Importance"

March 22, 1739 – Nader Shah sacks Delhi; Wars of Nader Shah of Persia

March 23, 1901 – Aguinaldo Captured; The Philippine Insurrection

March 24, 1794 – Kosciuszko’s Uprising, Polish struggle for independence, begins

March 25, 1821 – Greek War of Independence begins

March 26, 1945 – Battle of Iwo Jima

March 27, 1886 – Surrender of Geronimo & End of the Apache Wars

March 28, 1862 – Battle of Glorieta Pass (Confederate Invasion of New Mexico)

March 29, 1461 – Battle of Towton (Wars of the Roses begin)

March 30, 1282 – War of the Sicilian Vespers

March 31, 1854 – Commodore Perry’s landing in Japan

APRIL


April 1, 1945 – Battle of Okinawa

April 2, 1982 – Argentinians land on the Falklands; Falklands War Begins

April 3, 1918 – Ludendorff Offensive; Foch becomes Allied Supreme Commander in World War I

April 4, 1814 – Surrender at Fontainebleau; Napoleon's (First) Abdication

April 5, 1818 – Latin American Wars of Independence & Battle of Maipu

April 6, 1812 – Wellington's Spanish Campaign; Assault at Badajoz

April 7, 1862 – Battle of Shiloh

April 8, 1944 – Battles of Imphal & Kohima; WWII in Burma

April 9, 1865 – Lee's surrender at Appomattox

April 10, 1972 – Sun Tzu & Sun Bin; Discovery of Sun Bin’s Art of War

April 11, 1241 – Mongol Invasions of Europe, Battle of Legnica-Mohi

April 12, 1917 – The Battle of Vimy Ridge & Canada's World War I

April 13, 1204 – Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople

April 14, 1941 – Rommel’s assault on Tobruk & his desert war in North Africa

April 15, 1942 – George VI awards George Cross to Malta; Siege of Malta (WWII)

April 16, 1746 – The '45 and the Battle of Culloden

April 17, 1961 – Failure of Bay of Pigs invasion

April 18, 1242 – Battle on the Ice (Lake Peipus, Russia vs. Teutonic Knights)

April 19, 1775 – Battles of Lexington/Concord & Beginning of American Revolution

April 20, 1918 – Last victories of Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron

April 21, 1836 – Battle of San Jacinto, Sam Houston & Texas War of Independence

April 22, 1919 – Russian Civil War & the White Defeat at Orenburg

April 23, 1014 – Battle of Clontarf & Irish Wars against the Vikings

April 24, 1916 – Easter Rising & Irish Independence Movement

April 25, 1915 – Gallipoli landing & Battle of Gallipoli

April 26, 1937 – Bombing of Guernica & Birth of Strategic Bombing

April 27, 1805 – Barbary Wars & Derna (The Shores of Tripoli)

April 28, 1503 – Italian Wars & Battle of Cerignola

April 29, 1429 – Battle of Orleans; Hundred Years' War and Joan of Arc

April 30, 1945 – Death of Adolf Hitler

MAY


May 1 (401 BC) – Anabasis of the Ten Thousand (Xenophon)

May 2, 1945 – Truce in Italy (Go for Broke) - Nisei Soldiers of World War II

May 3, 1863 – Battle of Chancellorsville

May 4, 1471 – Battle of Tewkesbury, Wars of the Roses

May 5, 1945 – Battle of Castle Itter; Wehrmacht, French and Americans vs. SS

May 6, 1527 – Sack of Rome & Last Stand of the Swiss Guard

May 7, 1864 – Battle of the Wilderness

May 8 (May 878) – Alfred the Great & the Battle of Edington

May 9, 1917 – Nivelle Offensive & Mutiny of the French Army, World War I

May 10, 1857 – The Sepoy Mutiny/Indian War of Independence/People's Uprising

May 11, 1745 – Battle of Fontenoy & Warfare in the Age of Enlightenment

May 12, 1864 – Battle of Spotsylvania

May 13 (279 BC) – Pyrrhus of Epirus & the Pyrrhic Victory

May 14, 1948 – Israeli War of Independence

May 15, 1919 – Greeks land at Smyrna; Greco-Turkish War Begins

May 16, 1943 – Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

May 17, 1900 – Relief of Mafeking; Second Boer War

May 18, 1944 – The Polish Army in Exile at Monte Cassino

May 19, 1935 – Death of Lawrence of Arabia

May 20, 1941 – German Invasion of Crete

May 21, 1809 – Battle of Aspern-Essling

May 22, 1944 – Life Magazine’s skull photo; Race and War in the Pacific

May 23, 192 AD – Death of Dong Zhuo; Three Kingdoms in China

May 24 (53 BC) – Battle of Carrhae & Death of Crassus

May 25, 1946 – Death of Witold Pilecki, the "Soldier of Auschwitz"

May 26, 1880 - Battle of Tacna & War of the Pacific

May 27, 1941 – Sinking of Bismarck

May 28, 1982 – Falklands War & the Battle of Goose Green

May 29, 1453 – Fall of Constantinople

May 30, 1940 – The Dunkirk Evacuation Begins

May 31, 1921 – Tulsa Race Riot

JUNE


June 1, 1918 – The Battle of Belleau Wood

June 2, 1863 – Harriet Tubman’s River Raid

June 3, 1942 – Battle of Midway

June 4, 1916 – Russian Brusilov Offensive of World War I

June 5, 1832 – French Students’ Revolution of 1832

June 6, 1944 – Unsung Heroes of D-Day

June 7, 1967 – Israelis capture Jerusalem & Six-Day War

June 8, 1967 – USS Liberty Incident

June 9, 1954 – Army-McCarthy Hearings

June 10, 323 BC – Death of Alexander the Great

June 11, 1937 – Purge of Tukhachevsky, Stalin's Great Purge

June 12, 1942 – Night Witches’ first attack

June 13, 1944 – Battle of Villers-Bocage & the Tanks of World War II

June 14, 1645 – Battle of Naseby & English Civil War

June 15 (1457 BC) – Battle of Megiddo

June 16, 1815 – Quartre Bras & Ligny (Waterloo Part 1)

June 17, 1775 – The Battle of Bunker Hill

June 18, 1815 – The Battle of Waterloo

June 19, 1867 – Death of Maximilian I; French Invasion of Mexico

June 20, 451 AD – Battle of the Catalaunian Plains & Attila the Hun

June 21, 217 BC – Battle of Lake Trasimene (Hannibal Crosses the Alps; Second Punic War)

June 22, 1941 – Operation Barbarossa: the German Invasion of the Soviet Union

June 23, 1944 – Operation Bagration

June 24, 1314 – Battle of Bannockburn & Robert the Bruce

June 25, 1950 – Beginning of Korean War

June 26, 1876 – Battle of Little Bighorn

June 27, 1942 – The Doomed Convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland

June 28, 1575 – Battle of Nagashino

June 29 (61 AD) – Boudicca’s Rebellion

June 30, 1944 – Capture of Cherbourg & Hedge Fighting in Normandy


JULY


July 1, 1916 – Battle of the Somme

July 2, 1863 – Battle of Gettysburg

July 3, 1866 – Austro-Prussian War & Battle of Koniggratz (need to rework entirely)

July 4, 1863 – Fall of Vicksburg & Ulysses S. Grant

July 5, 1943 – Battle of Kursk

July 6, 371 BC – Battle of Leuctra

July 7, 1937 – Marco Polo Bridge incident & Second Sino-Japanese War

July 8, 1709 – Great Northern War & Battle of Poltava

July 9, 1755 – Battle of the Monongahela & the Young George Washington Adventures

July 10, 1943 – The Invasion of Sicily and the Paradox of George Patton

July 11, 1405 – The Voyages of Chinese Admiral Zheng He

July 12, 1943 – Battle of Kursk II - Tank Battle of Prokhorovka

July 13, 1942 – Reserve Police Battalion 101 at Jozefow; the Men Who Committed the Holocaust

July 14, 1789 – Storming of the Bastille

July 15, 1099 – The First Crusade enters Jerusalem

July 16, 1779 – Battle of Stony Point & Warfare in the American Revolution

July 17 (58 BC) – Caesar in Gaul

July 18, 1863 – 54th Massachusetts & Battle of Fort Wagner

July 19, 1588 – Spanish Armada arrives to invade Britain

July 20, 1592 – Japanese Samurai invasion of Korea

July 21, 1861 – The Battle of First Bull Run

July 22, 1812 – The Battle of Salamanca

July 23, 1917 – Women's Battalion of Death at the Kerensky Offensive

July 24, 1943 – The Firebombing of Hamburg & the Rise of Air Power

July 25, 1944 – Operation COBRA & Breakout from Normandy

July 26, 1758 – Seven Years' War, William Pitt, Siege of Louisbourg

July 27 (101 BC) – Gaius Marius and Battle of Vercellae

July 28, 1914 – Austria-Hungary DOW on Serbia

July 29, 1014 – Battle of Kleidion & Byzantine Emperor Basil II

July 30, 1864 – The Battle of the Crater

July 31, 1913 – End of the Second Balkan War

AUGUST


August 1, 1798 – Battle of the Nile

August 2, 216 BC – Battle of Cannae

August 3, 1944 – Merrill's Marauders & Capture of Myitkyina

August 4, 1265 – Rise of Edward I, Second Barons' War and Battle of Evesham

August 5, 1914 – German Invasion of Belgium & Siege of Liege

August 6, 1945 – Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

August 7, 1819 – Battle of Boyaca & Latin American Wars of Independence

August 8, 1918 – Battle of Amiens and the Great War Military Revolution

August 9, 48 BC – Battle of Pharsalus; Julius Caesar vs. Pompey

August 10, 1864 – Beginning of the War of the Triple Alliance (Paraguayan War)

August 11 (490 BC) – Battle of Marathon

August 12, 1920 – Battle of Warsaw

August 13, 1521 – Battle of Tenochtitlan

August 14, 1914 – Battle of the Frontiers

August 15, 1281 – Mongol invasion of Japan

August 16, 1869 – War of the Triple Alliance & Battle of Acosta Nu

August 17 (480 BC) – Battle of Thermopylae

August 18, 1965 – Operation Starlite

August 19, 1944 – Falaise Pocket closed

August 20, 636 AD – Battle of Yarmouk

August 21, 1942 – Battle of the Tenaru on Guadalcanal

August 22, 1485 – Richard III and the Battle of Bosworth Field

August 23, 1914 – Battle of Mons, British Expeditionary Force in World War I

August 24, 1814 – The British Burn Washington D.C.

August 25, 1914 – Austria's World War I and the Battle of Galicia

August 26, 1071 – Battle of Manzikert

August 27, 1798 – Battle of Castlebar/1798 Irish Rebellion

August 28, 1542 – Battle of Wofla, Ethiopian Crusade

August 29, 1914 – Battle of Tannenberg

August 30, 1922 – Turkish War of Independence & Battle of Dumlupinar

August 31 (52 BC) – Battle of Alesia

SEPTEMBER


September 1, 1870 – Franco-Prussian War and the Battle of Sedan

September 2, 31 BC – Actium

September 3, 1650 – Oliver Cromwell & Battle of Dunbar

September 4, 626 AD – Li Shi-min becomes Taizong of Tang

September 5, 1991 – Tailhook Scandal

September 6, 1914 – First Battle of the Marne

September 7, 1631 – Thirty Years' War & Battle of Breitenfeld

September 8, 1939 – Battle of Wizna, Polish Thermopylae

September 9 (9 AD) – Battle of the Teutoberg Forest

September 10, 1950 – Inchon Landing

September 11, 1297 – Battle of Stirling Bridge & Why I Hate Braveheart

September 12, 1683 – Battle of Vienna

September 13, 1759 – Battle of the Plains of Abraham & British Conquest of Canada

September 14, 1814 – Battle of Fort McHenry & the Star Spangled Banner

September 15, 1916 – First use of Tanks (World War I)

September 16 (207 BC) – Battle of the Metaurus

September 17, 1862 – Battle of Antietam

September 18, 1812 – Napoleon's Invasion of Russia & Burning of Moscow

September 19, 1863 – Battle of Chickamauga

September 20 (202 BC) – Battle of Zama

September 21, 1780 – Benedict Arnold’s betrayal

September 22, 1980 – Iran-Iraq War

September 23 (480 BC) – Battle of Salamis

September 24, 1877 – Battle of Shiroyama & the Fall of the Samurai

September 25, 1944 – Surrender at Arnhem (Operation Market-Garden)

September 26, 1918 – Beginning of Meuse-Argonne Offensive

September 27, 1942 – City fighting in Stalingrad

September 28 (48 BC) – Caesar and Cleopatra

September 29, 1848 – Revolutions of 1848 Part 1

September 30, 1848 – Revolutions of 1848 Part 2

OCTOBER


October 1, 1860 – Giuseppi Garibaldi, Expedition of the Thousand, the Battle of the Volturnus

October 2, 1944 – Warsaw Uprising ends

October 3, 1993 – Black Hawk Down

October 4, 1853 – Beginning of Crimean War

October 5, 1877 – Nez Perce surrender

October 6, 1973 – Yom Kippur War

October 7, 1777 – Battle of Saratoga

October 8, 1918 – Sergeant York's Medal of Honor action

October 9 (336 BC) – Death of Philip II

October 10, 732 – Battle of Tours

October 11 (1206 AD) – The Rise of Chinggis Khan

October 12 (431 BC) – Beginning of the Peloponnesian War

October 13, 1066 – Battle of Hastings & the Norman Conquest

October 14, 1806 – Battles of Jena & Auerstadt

October 15, 1965 – Draft Card Burning; Free Speech in Wartime

October 16, 690 AD – Rise of Wu Zetian, Empress of China

October 17, 1781 – Yorktown

October 18, 1813 – Battle of the Nations at Leipzig

October 19, 1864 – Battle of Cedar Creek

October 20, 1935 – Chinese Civil War; Mao's Long March ends

October 21, 1805 – Battle of Trafalgar

October 22, 1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis

October 23, 1944 – Battle of Leyte Gulf

October 24, 1648 – End of Thirty Years' War & Peace of Westphalia

October 25, 1854 – Battle of Balaclava

October 26, 1597 – Battle of Myeongnyang

October 27 (425 BC) – Battle of Pylos & Sphacteria

October 28, 312 AD – Battle of the Milvian Bridge

October 29, 1918 – Kiel Mutiny & German Revolution of 1918

October 30, 1831 – Nat Turner’s uprising and Slavery in America

October 31 (334 BC) – Alexander the Great & the Battle of the Granicus

NOVEMBER


November 1, 1942 – Battle of El Alamein

November 2, 1963 – Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem

November 3, 1944 – Battle of Schmidt, Huertgen Forest

November 4, 1791 – Battle of the Wabash & St. Clair’s Defeat

November 5, 1757 – Frederick the Great & the Battle of Rossbach

November 6, 1917 – Battle of Passchendaele/3rd Ypres

November 7, 1811 – Tecumseh and the Battle of Tippecanoe

November 8, 1917 – October Revolution

November 9, 1923 – Hitler's Beer Hall Putsch

November 10, 2004 – Battle of Fallujah

November 11, 1914 – First Battle of Ypres & the Impact of World War I

November 12, 1942 – Naval Battles of Guadalcanal

November 13 (421 BC) – Peloponnesian War III, Battle of Amphipolis

November 14, 1965 – Battle of Ia Drang

November 15, 1864 – Sherman's Atlanta Campaign

November 16, 1532 – Battle of Cajamarca & Spanish Conquest of Peru

November 17, 1796 – Battle of Arcole

November 18, 208 AD – Battle of Red Cliff

November 19, 1942 – Stalingrad counteroffensive

November 20, 1910 – Mexican Revolution begins

November 21, 1920 – Bloody Sunday & the Irish War of Independence

November 22 (415 BC) – Sicilian Expedition

November 23, 1943 – Battle of Tarawa

November 24, 1915 – Occupation of Serbia; The Great Retreat and Serbia's World War I

November 25, 1863 – Chattanooga Campaign & the Battle of Missionary Ridge

November 26, 1950 – Battle of the Ch’ongch’on River

November 27, 1950 – Battle of the Chosin Reservoir

November 28, 1943 – Teheran Conference

November 29, 1967 – Resignation of McNamara

November 30, 1700 – Battle of Narva

DECEMBER


December 1, 1135 – Death of Henry I, start of The Anarchy

December 2, 1805 – Battle of Austerlitz

December 3, 1971 – Indo-Pakistani War of 1971

December 4 (530 BC) – Cyrus the Great & the Persian Empire

December 5, 1941 – Battle of Moscow

December 6, 1917 – Capture of Bucharest & Romania's World War I

December 7, 1941 – Pearl Harbor

December 8, 1914 – Battle of the Falklands

December 9, 1917 – WWI in the Middle East; General Allenby enters Jerusalem

December 10, 1898 – end of the Spanish-American War

December 11, 1899 – Second Boer War, Black Week, & Battle of Magersfontein

December 12, 627 – Byzantine-Sassanid War and Battle of Nineveh

December 13, 1862 – Battle of Fredericksburg

December 14, 1812 – Napoleon's retreat from Moscow ends

December 15, 1864 – Battle of Nashville

December 16, 1944 – Battle of the Bulge begins

December 17, 1944 – Battle of the Bulge & Malmedy Massacre

December 18, 1271 - Kublai Khan Proclaims Yuan Dynasty

December 19, 1944 – Battle of the Bulge continues

December 20 (411 BC) – The Astounding Career of Alcibiades (Peloponnesian War V)

December 21, 1864 – Sherman’s March to the Sea

December 22, 1944 – Siege of Bastogne

December 23, 1688 – Glorious Revolution

December 24 (23 AD) – Reign of Wang Mang

December 25, 1914 – Christmas Truce

December 26, 1776 – Washington Crosses the Delaware, Battle of Trenton

December 27, 1979 – Soviet War in Afghanistan

December 28, 1967 – Battle of Santa Clara & Life of Che Guevara

December 29, 1890 – Battle/Massacre of Wounded Knee

December 30 (404 BC) – End of the Peloponnesian War

December 31, 2020 – Year in review

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