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365 Days of Military History: By Subject/Narrative

Updated: May 31, 2021

By Subject


Ancient Egypt

Megiddo, 1457 BC

Greco-Persian Wars

Death of Cyrus the Great, 530 BC

Battle of Marathon, 490 BC

Battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Battle of Salamis, 480 BC

Peloponnesian War (Six-Part Planned Series)

Beginning of the Peloponnesian War – 431 BC

Battles of Pylos & Sphacteria – 425 BC

Battle of Amphipolis & the Peace of Nicias – 421 BC

The Sicilian Expedition – 415 BC

Alcibiades takes Command – 411 BC

End of the Peloponnesian War – 404 BC

More Greek Wars

Anabasis of the Ten Thousand – 401 BC

Battle of Leuctra – July 6, 371 BC

Alexander and the Macedonians

Death of Philip II – 336 BC

Battle of the Granicus – 334 BC

Death of Alexander – June 10, 323 BC

Pyrrhus of Epirus – 279 BC

Punic Wars

Battle of the Aegates Islands – March 10, 241 BC

Battle of Lake Trasimene – June 21, 217 BC

Battle of Cannae – August 2, 216 BC

Battle of the Metaurus –207 BC

Battle of Zama – 202 BC

Roman Civil Wars

Gaius Marius & Battle of Vercellae – 101 BC

Caesar's Invasion of Gaul – 58 BC

Battle of Carrhae & Death of Crassus – 53 BC

Battle of Alesia – 52 BC

Caesar crosses the Rubicon – January 10, 49 BC

Battle of Pharsalus – 48 BC

Caesar and Cleopatra – 48 BC

Battle of Actium – September 2, 31 BC

Rise of Augustus – January 16, 27 BC

Han Dynasty of China

Sun Tzu & Sun Bin, Artists of War – April 10, 1972

Liu Bang founds Han Dynasty – February 28, 202 BC

Overthrow of Wang Mang – 23 AD

Death of Dong Zhuo – May 23, 192

Battle of Red Cliff – November 18, 208

Roman Empire

Battle of the Teutoberg Forest – 9 AD

Assassination of Caligula – January 24, 41 AD

Boudicca’s Rebellion – 61 AD

Battle of the Milvian Bridge, Constantine the Great – October 28, 312 AD

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

Tang & Ming Dynasties of China

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

Rise of Wu Zetian – October 16, 690

Zheng He begins his voyages – July 11, 1405

Byzantine Empire & Rise of Islam

Belisarius & Great Siege of Rome – March 2, 537

Byzantine-Persian War & Battle of Nineveh – December 12, 627

Muhammad enters Mecca – January 11, 630

Arab Conquests & Battle of Yarmouk – August 20, 636

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

Battle of Tours – October 11, 732

Early & High Medieval Europe

Vikings, Alfred the Great & Battle of Edington – May 878

Battle of Clontarf – April 23, 1014

Battle of Kleidion & Byzantine Empire – July 29, 1014

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

Battle of Manzikert – August 26, 1071

Submission at Canossa (Holy Roman Emperor kneels before Pope) – January 28, 1077

First Crusade enters Jerusalem – July 15, 1099

Death of Henry I & the English Anarchy – December 1, 1135

Fourth Crusade captures Constantinople – April 13, 1204

Frederick II “retakes” Jerusalem & the Sixth Crusade – February 18, 1229

Battle “on the Ice” of Lake Peipus – April 18, 1242

War of the Sicilian Vespers – March 30, 1282

Mongols

Rise of Chinggis Khan – 1206 AD

Mongol invasion of Europe, Battles of Legnica-Mohi – April 11, 1241

Mongol sack of Baghdad – February 10, 1258

Kublai Khan proclaims Yuan Dynasty – December 18, 1271

Mongol invasion of Japan – August 15, 1281

The Scottish Wars of Independence (and Edward I)

Battle of Evesham and Rise of Edward I – August 4, 1265

Battle of Stirling Bridge – September 11, 1297

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

Late Medieval Europe

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

Ottomans capture Constantinople – May 29, 1453

Battle of Nancy & death of Charles the Bold – January 5, 1477

Wars of the Roses

Battle of Towton – March 29, 1461

Battle of Tewkesbury – May 4, 1471

Battle of Bosworth – August 22, 1485

Italian Wars & Rise of the Habsburgs

Battle of Cerignola & Italian Wars – April 28, 1503

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

Defeat of the Spanish Armada – July 19, 1588

Spanish Conquest of the Americas

Battle of Tenochtitlan – August 13, 1521

“Battle” of Cajamarca – November 16, 1532

Japanese “Age of War” (Samurai) and invasion of Korea

Battle of Mikatagahara – January 25, 1573

Battle of Nagashino – June 28, 1575

Japanese invasion of Korea (Part 1) – July 20, 1592

Battle of Myeongnyang (Japanese invasion of Korea Part 2) – October 26, 1597

Revenge of the 47 Ronin – February 4, 1703

Random 1500-1800

Ethiopian Crusade and Battle of Wofla – August 28, 1542

Elephant Duel – January 18, 1593

Conquests of Nader Shah – March 22, 1739

Thirty Years’ War

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

Death of Albrecht von Wallenstein – February 25, 1634

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

English Civil Wars

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

Oliver Cromwell & Battle of Dunbar – September 3, 1650

Glorious Revolution – December 23, 1688

European Wars 1660-1756

Battle of Vienna – September 12, 1683

Battle of Narva (Carolus Rex Part 1) – November 30, 1700

Battle of Poltava (Carolus Rex Part 2) – July 8,1709

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

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

Seven Years’ War/French and Indian War

Battle of the Monongahela – July 9, 1755

Execution of Admiral John Byng – March 14, 1757

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

Seven Years' War, William Pitt, and the Battle of Louisbourg – July 26, 1758

Battle of Quebec/the Plains of Abraham – September 13, 1759

American Revolution

Battles of Lexington & Concord – April 19, 1775

Battle of Bunker Hill – June 17, 1775

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

Battle of Princeton – January 3, 1777

Battle of Saratoga – October 7, 1777

French-American Alliance – February 6, 1778

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

Benedict Arnold’s Betrayal – September 21, 1780

Battle of Cowpens – January 17, 1781

Cornwallis v. Greene in the Southern Campaign – March 17, 1781

Battle of Yorktown – October 17, 1781

Deborah Sampson, the female Revolutionary Soldier – March 11, 1805

Newburgh Conspiracy – March 15, 1783

French Revolution & Revolutionary Wars

French Revolution & Fall of the Bastille – July 14, 1789

Polish War of Independence/Kosciuszko Uprising – March 24, 1794

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

Napoleon’s Italian Campaign & Battle of Arcole – November 17, 1796

Battle of Cape St. Vincent (Lord Nelson Pt. 1) – February 14, 1797

Battle of the Nile (Lord Nelson Pt. 2) – August 1, 1798

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

Napoleonic Wars

Battle of Trafalgar (Lord Nelson Pt. 3) – October 21, 1805

Battle of Austerlitz – December 2, 1805

Funeral of Nelson (Lord Nelson Pt. 4) - January 9, 1806

Napoleon v. Prussia, Battles of Jena & Auerstadt – October 14, 1806

Battle of Eylau – February 8, 1807

Battle of Aspern-Essling – May 21, 1809

The Tyrolean Revolt & Andreas Hofer – February 20, 1810

Peninsular War, Britain & Spain v. France; assault on Badajoz – April 6, 1812

The Duke of Wellington and the Battle of Salamanca – July 22, 1812

Napoleon’s invasion of Russia & the burning of Moscow – September 18, 1812

The Retreat from Moscow – December 14, 1812

Battle of Leipzig – October 18, 1813

Napoleon’s first downfall, surrender at Fontainebleau – April 4, 1814

Waterloo Part 1: Quatre Bras & Ligny – June 16, 1815

Waterloo Part 2: The Battle of Waterloo – June 18, 1815

Early American Wars

Northwest Indians; Battle of the Wabash (St. Clair’s Defeat) – November 4, 1791

Battle of Derna & Barbary Wars – April 27, 1805

Northwest Indians; Tecumseh and the Battle of Tippecanoe – November 7, 1811

Nat Turner’s Uprising & Slavery in America – October 30, 1831

War of 1812

War of 1812, Burning of Washington – August 24, 1814

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

Battle of New Orleans – January 8, 1815

Latin American Wars of Independence

Liberation of Argentina & Chile; Battle of Maipu – April 5, 1818

Liberation of Venezuela and Colombia; Battle of Boyaca – August 7, 1819

Age of Revolutions in 19th Century Europe

Greek War of Independence Begins – March 25, 1821

Students’ Revolution in France – June 5, 1832

Revolutions of 1848 Part 1 – September 29, 1848

Revolutions of 1848 Part 2 – September 30, 1848

Mexican-American Wars

Battle of the Alamo – March 6, 1836

Battle of San Jacinto – April 21, 1836

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

Crimean War

Beginning of Crimean War – October 4, 1853

Battle of Balaclava – October 25, 1854

American Civil War

Battle of First Bull Run – July 21, 1861

Battle of Mill Springs – January 19, 1862

Battle of Fort Donelson – February 16, 1862

Battle of Hampton Roads/The Ironclads – March 9, 1862

Confederate invasion of New Mexico, Battle of Glorieta Pass – March 28, 1862

Battle of Shiloh – April 7, 1862

Battle of Antietam and the Civil War soldier’s experience – September 17, 1862

Battle of Fredericksburg – December 13, 1862

Battle of Chancellorsville – May 3, 1863

Harriet Tubman’s River Raid – June 2, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg – July 2, 1863

Fall of Vicksburg – July 4, 1863

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

Battle of Chickamauga – September 19, 1863

Battle of Chattanooga & Missionary Ridge – November 25, 1863

Battle of the Wilderness – May 7, 1864

Battle of Spotsylvania – May 12, 1864

Siege of Petersburg & Battle of the Crater – July 30, 1864

Battle of Cedar Creek – October 19, 1864

Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign & March to the Sea – November 15, 1864

Battle of Nashville – December 15, 1864

Sherman’s capture of Savannah & March through the Carolinas – December 21, 1864

Battle of Fort Fisher – January 15, 1865

Appomattox Court House – April 9, 1865

War of the Triple Alliance

War of the Triple Alliance begins – August 10, 1864

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

German & Italian Wars of Unification

Italian Wars of Unification, Battle of the Volturnus – October 1, 1860

Battle of Koniggratz – July 3, 1866 - need to rework for corrections

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

Paris Commune – March 18, 1871

Modernization of Japan

Perry’s landing in Japan – March 31, 1854

Imperial Restoration, Samurai Rebellion and Battle of Shiroyama – September 24, 1877

Beginning of the Russo-Japanese War – February 9, 1904

Western Indian Wars

Battle of Little Bighorn – June 26, 1876

Nez Perce War and Joseph’s Surrender – October 5, 1877

Surrender of Geronimo – March 27, 1886

Wounded Knee Massacre – December 29, 1890

Age of European Imperialism

First Anglo-Afghan War; Elphinstone leaves Kabul – January 6, 1842

Birth of Hong Xiuquan, author of Taiping Rebellion – January 1, 1814

Sepoy Rebellion – May 10, 1857

French invasion of Mexico & Death of Emperor Maximilian – June 19, 1867

Zulu War & Battle of Isandlwana – January 22, 1879

Battle of Adwa – March 1, 1896

Boer Wars

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

Second Boer War and Battle of Magersfontein – December 11, 1899

Second Boer War, Siege and Relief of Mafeking – May 17, 1900

Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection

Spanish-American War and Root Reforms – December 10, 1898

Philippine-American War and capture of Emilio Aguinaldo – March 23, 1901

Random 1800-1914

War of the Pacific (Bolivia-Chile-Peru) and Battle of Tacna – May 26, 1880

Dreyfus Affair – January 13, 1898

Mexican Revolution begins – November 20, 1910

Road to the First World War

Death of Alfred von Schlieffen – January 4, 1913

The First and Second Balkan Wars – July 31, 1913

World War I

1914

World War I begins – July 28, 1914

Guns of August 1: German Attack on Belgium – August 5, 1914

Guns of August 2: Battle of the Frontiers – August 14, 1914

Guns of August 3: Battle of Mons – August 23, 1914

Guns of August 4: Galician Campaign – August 25, 1914

Guns of August 5: Battle of Tannenberg – August 29, 1914

Guns of August 6: First Battle of the Marne – September 6, 1914

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

World War I Naval Struggle & the Battle of the Falklands – December 8, 1914

Christmas Truce – December 25, 1914

1915

Battle of Gallipoli – April 25, 1915

Serbia’s World War I – November 24, 1915

1916

Battle of Verdun – February 21, 1916

Brusilov Offensive – June 4, 1916

Battle of the Somme – July 1, 1916

Birth of the Tank – September 15, 1916

1917

Zimmerman Telegram – February 24, 1917

Russian Revolution Begins – March 8, 1917

Canada in World War I & the Battle of Vimy Ridge – April 12, 1917

Nivelle Offensive & French Army Mutiny – May 9, 1917

Women’s Battalion of Death & the Kerensky Offensive – July 23, 1917

Battle of Passchendaele/Third Ypres – November 6, 1917

Lenin’s October Revolution – November 8, 1917

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

World War I in the Middle East, Allenby’s Capture of Jerusalem – December 9, 1917

Lawrence of Arabia (death) – May 19, 1935

1918

Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, Russia Leaves the War – March 3, 1918

Ludendorff Offensive – April 3, 1918

The Red Baron – April 20, 1918

Americans Arrive, the Marine Corps at Belleau Wood – June 1, 1918

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

America’s World War I; the Meuse-Argonne Offensive – September 26, 1918

Sergeant York – October 8, 1918

The Kiel Mutiny, Germany’s Collapse – October 29, 1918

Aftermath of World War I

Russian Revolution & Soviet Russia

Russian Revolution Begins – March 8, 1917

Lenin’s October Revolution – November 8, 1917

Treaty of Brest-Litovsk – March 3, 1918

Russian Civil War & the White Army Assault – April 22, 1919

The Red Army & Stalin’s Purges – June 11, 1937

Irish War of Independence

Easter Rising – April 24, 1916

Irish War of Independence Begins – January 21, 1919

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

Turkish War of Independence

Greeks land at Smyrna, beginning Turkish War of Independence – May 15, 1919

Battle of Dumlupinar – August 30, 1922

Polish-Soviet War & Battle of Warsaw – August 12, 1920

Tulsa Race Riot – May 31, 1921

Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch – November 9, 1923

Leadup to World War II

Chinese Civil War & Mao’s Long March – October 20, 1935

Birth of Strategic Bombing, Massacre at Guernica – April 26, 1937

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

World War II

1939-1941

Battle of Wizna (Polish Thermopylae) – September 8, 1939

Winter War Ends – February 29, 1940

The Dunkirk Evacuation Begins – May 30, 1940

Sinking of the Bismarck – May 27, 1941

Eastern Front 1941-1945

Operation Barbarossa - June 22, 1941

Battle of Moscow – December 5, 1941

The Night Witches – June 12, 1942

The Assault on Stalingrad – September 27, 1942

The Surrounding of Stalingrad – November 19, 1942

Surrender at Stalingrad – February 2, 1943

Battle of Kursk Part 1 – July 5, 1943

Battle of Kursk Part 2: Tank Battle at Prokhorovka - July 12, 1943

Operation Bagration – June 23, 1944

Vistula-Oder Offensive – January 12, 1945

War in the Pacific

Pearl Harbor – December 7, 1941

Defense of the Philippines – January 7, 1942

Fall of Singapore – February 15, 1942

Battle of Midway – June 3, 1942

Guadalcanal Campaign Part 1, Battle of the Tenaru – August 21, 1942

Guadalcanal Campaign Part 2, Naval Battles of Guadalcanal – November 12, 1942

The Battle of Tarawa – November 23, 1943

Burmese Campaign & Battle of Kohima-Imphal – April 8, 1944

Life Magazine’s skull photo & race in the Pacific War – May 22, 1944

“Merrill’s Marauders,” the capture of Myitkyina – August 3, 1944

Battle of Leyte Gulf – October 23, 1944

MacArthur’s Return to the Philippines – February 3, 1945

Battle of Iwo Jima – March 26, 1945

Battle of Okinawa – April 1, 1945

Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – August 6, 1945

War in the Mediterranean (Africa, Italy, Greece, Malta)

Rommel’s Desert Campaigns & Battle of Tobruk – April 14, 1941

German Assault on Crete – May 20, 1941

The Siege of Malta in World War II – April 15, 1942

Battle of El Alamein – November 1, 1942

General Patton & the Battle of Sicily – July 10, 1943

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

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

Polish Army in Exile, Wojtek & the Battle of Monte Cassino – May 18, 1944

African-American soldiers in WWII, Battle of the Serchio River – February 5, 1945

Nisei (Japanese-American) soldiers in WWII, final Italian Campaign – May 2, 1945

Western Europe 1944-1945

The Unsung Heroes of D-Day – June 6, 1944

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

Fighting in Normandy & the capture of Cherbourg – June 30, 1944

Operation COBRA and the Normandy Breakout – July 25, 1944

The Falaise Pocket, end of the Battle of Normandy – August 19, 1944

Operation Market-Garden & Battle of Arnhem – September 25, 1944

Battle of the Hurtgen Forest – November 3, 1944

Battle of the Bulge Begins – December 16, 1944

Battle of the Bulge Part 2: Malmedy Massacre – December 17, 1944

Battle of the Bulge Part 3: The Allies strike back – December 19, 1944

Battle of the Bulge Part 4: Siege of Bastogne – December 22, 1944

Audie Murphy’s Medal of Honor Action – January 26, 1945

The Bridge at Remagen – March 7, 1945

Battle of Castle Itter – May 5, 1945

Occupied Europe & Nazi Germany

Reserve Police Battalion 101 & the Final Solution in Poland – July 13, 1942

Sophie Scholl & the White Rose – February 22, 1943

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising – May 16, 1943

Exploits of Virginia Hall – March 21, 1944

Warsaw Uprising – October 2, 1944

Liberation of Auschwitz – January 27, 1945

Death of Adolf Hitler – April 30, 1945

Death of Witold Pilecki, the “Soldier of Auschwitz” (Inmate 4859) – May 25, 1946

The Air War

Founding of the Tuskegee Airmen – February 19, 1942

The Firebombing of Hamburg – July 24, 1943

Random 1941-1945

The Journey of Convoy PQ-17 & the Battle of the Atlantic – June 27, 1942

Casablanca Conference – January 14, 1943

Teheran Conference – November 23, 1943

Yalta Conference – February 11, 1945

Isaac Woodward and Black Veterans after World War II – February 12, 1946

The Cold War Era

Death of Stalin – March 5, 1953

Army-McCarthy Hearings – June 9, 1954

Battle of Santa Clara; Cuban Revolution & Che Guevara – December 28, 1959

The Bay of Pigs – April 17, 1961

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

Cuban Missile Crisis – October 22, 1962

Algerian War of Independence – March 19, 1962

Indo-Pakistani Wars – December 3, 1971

Soviet War in Afghanistan – December 27, 1979

Middle Eastern Conflicts 1945-1991

Israeli War of Independence – May 14, 1948

Six-Day War: Israeli capture of Jerusalem – June 7, 1967

Six-Day War: USS Liberty incident – June 8, 1967

Yom Kippur War – October 6, 1973

Iranian Revolution – February 1, 1979

Iran-Iraq War – September 22, 1980

Desert Storm & Battle of 73 Easting – February 26, 1991

Korean War

Beginning of Korean War – June 25, 1950

Battle of Inchon – September 10, 1950

Chinese Counteroffensive – November 26, 1950

Battle of Chosin Reservoir – November 27, 1950

Battle of Chipyong-Ni – February 13, 1951

The Ruby Bradley Story – March 4, 1958

Vietnam Conflicts

Battle of Dien Bien Phu – March 13, 1954

Battle of Ap Bac – January 2, 1963

Assassination of Ngo Dinh Diem – November 2, 1963

Operation Starlite and American tactics in Vietnam – August 18, 1965

Battle of Ia Drang – November 14, 1965

Robert McNamara Resigns; The Career of Bob McNamara – November 29, 1967

Tet Offensive – January 30, 1968

My Lai Massacre – March 16, 1968

Eugene Ashley’s Medal of Honor Action – February 7, 1968

Sino-Vietnamese War – February 17, 1979

The Falklands

Argentina invades the Falklands – April 2, 1982

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

Modern Conflicts 1991-

Tailhook Scandal – September 5, 1991

Battle of Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) – October 3, 1993

Battle of Fallujah – November 2, 2004

Black Hearts Incident – March 12, 2006

Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester’s Silver Star – March 20, 2005


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