On This Day in History…. 10th April

10th of April may appear to be a day just like any other, but in fact it has marked some fairly momentous events, births and deaths over the years. Of which, we’ve noted a few below for posterity. If you think we’ve missed any out then let us know in the comments! Read more of this post

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On This Day In History… 20th February

20th February may appear to be a day just like any other, but in fact it has marked some fairly momentous events, births and deaths over the years. Of which, we’ve noted a few below for posterity, if you think we’ve missed any out then let us know in the comments!

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On This day In History… 28th November

November 28th may sound innocuous at first, but over the course of history it has, like any other day, accumulated its fair share of notable events. Here are a few such events as well as births and deaths that we thought merited a mention.

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On this day in history… 4th August 1914

4th August 1914 was the day on which Britain officially became a part of the First World War hostilities. Although the conflict that began this momentous war was begun weeks earlier, and between different nations, in the run up to 4th August it became clear that Britain would have no choice but to become involved. Read more of this post

On this day in history… 3rd August 1914

Despite the fact that the First World War was a very significant event in world history it took a surprisingly long time to begin. The series of events that ran just over a month and saw the start of this momentous conflict began with the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand during a state visit to Serbia. Just over a month later, the final nail in the coffin for those who were hoping to avoid a serious conflict came when – on 3rd August 1914 – Germany declared war on France. Read more of this post

On this day in history… 1st August 1914

The summer of 1914 was momentous as world events go, as it saw the start of the First World War, a conflict that was to last for nearly four years and take millions of lives. 1st August was an important day on the timeline for the First World War, as this was the day on which Germany declared war on Russia. Read more of this post

On this day in history… 28th July 1914

28th July has been an important day on and off throughout the centuries but perhaps no more crucial than in 1914 when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia. The declaration came exactly one month after the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria had been killed, along with his wife, by a Serbian nationalist in Sarajevo. The day is one of the most relevant in military history as it effectively began the hostilities that were to become the First World War. Read more of this post

On this Day in History… 23rd June

23rd June, a day like any other…in actual fact there have been some fairly momentous events, births and deaths on this date over the years and we’ve recorded them below for posterity. If you think we’ve missed anything out then just let us know in the comments! Read more of this post

On This Day in History…. 4th March

Here it is – another selection of events, births and deaths that have marked this day (4th March) throughout human history all over the world.  Read more of this post

On this day in history… 24th December

Christmas Eve is a major date in most people’s calendars, whether or not you are celebrating a traditional Yuletide. Whilst for many, it might be fair to say that the most important 24th December took place all those years ago in a manger, since then there have been numerous events, births and deaths on the same date that have also been of historical interest.

In 1814, for example, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, which ended the war of 1812 in which the US and the UK fought each other over territory and trade restrictions. A century later in 1914 and Christmas Eve saw the beginning of the famous ‘Christmas Truce’ during World War I in which soldiers previously fighting along the Western Front took a break to exchange Christmas pleasantries and even gifts. During World War II a number of important events took place on 24th December, including the conquering of Kuching by Japanese forces in 1941 and the appointment of U.S. General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Supreme Allied Commander in 1943. In 1968 on Christmas Eve Apollo 8 entered orbit around the moon, with the crew becoming the first human beings in history to do so, and in 1980 on this day, residents living in and around ‘Britain’s Roswell’ (Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk) reported unexplained lights that many attributed to UFOs.

On 24th December 1745, Benjamin Rush who was an American physician and signer of the United States Declaration of Independence was born, and on the same day in 1894 both the French pilot Georges Guynemer and Jack Thayer, who survived the sinking of the Titanic, were born. Max Miedinger, who created the much loved Helvetica font was born in 1910 on Christmas Eve and the legendary Ava Gardner arrived in 1922. British politician Ed Milliband was introduced to the world for the first time on 24th December 1969, with the singer Ricky Martin following in 1971 and Estonian triple and long jumper Jaanus Uudmäe in 1980. In terms of those who have passed on Christmas Eves over the years, the English composer John Dunstaple died on Christmas Eve in 1453 and François Darlan in 1942 (he was a French navy officer and the 122nd Prime Minister of France). Burt Baskin, founder of Baskin Robbins ice cream died on this day in 1967, followed later by the Nobel Prize laureate Harold Pinter in 2008.

Anyone who loves to metal detect naturally has an interest in history and these events show just how much has happened on this date over the years. It makes you wonder what we can expect from Christmas Eves to come…