30 August 2006

This day in history: 30 Aug

30 August seems to be a good day for fighting.

1813: A French army was defeated by a Russian, Prussian and Austrian force in the Battle of Kulm, Bohemia.

1813: A force of Creek Indians attacked white and mixed-blood settlers in southern Alabama, in the Fort Mims massacre.

1862: The Second Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas, if you prefer), which had started on the 28th, ended - like the first battle - in a Confederate victory.

1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, fought in eastern Prussia, was a decisive German victory over the Russians.

1942: The Battle of Alam Halfa, which lasted until 6 September, began with a German assault south of El Alamein.

And on the peaceful side, happy birthday to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851), Fred MacMurray (1908-1991), Kitty Wells (1919-TBD) and John Phillips (1935-2001).

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