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Vive la France! La Fête Nationale — Bastille Day

Bastille Day, formally called La Fête Nationale("The National Celebration"), is celebrated every July 14 in France to commemorate the storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison. Like the July 4 Independence [more…]

Australia’s Military History Pre-Federation

From shortly after white settlement to Federation, Australians have been involved in military activity in many places and for a variety of reasons. Prior to Federation, Australians fought in Australia [more…]

Australia’s Military History during the First World War, 1914‒18

When the First World War broke out in 1914, Australia was a self-governing nation but still firmly supported Britain. Many citizens felt that war would be a way of demonstrating the mettle of the new nation [more…]

Australia’s Participation in the Second World War, 1939‒45

During the Second World War Australia sent contingents from the three services to assist the British Empire in Europe and the Middle East, and then fought with the allies in the Pacific. Major theatres [more…]

Australia’s Involvement in the Cold War — Korea, Malaya, Malaysia and Vietnam

As a member of the Western Alliance, Australia fought in two of the biggest conflicts of the Cold War — the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Australian forces also supported Britain in Malaya and assisted [more…]

Australia’s Military History in the 1990s and the 21st Century

After 1990 Australia again started sending troops overseas for combat operations, although on a much smaller scale than in earlier wars. The Australian forces were part of coalition operations, generally [more…]

Australia’s Involvement in Peacekeeping Missions, 1947‒2010

Australian military and police have taken part in numerous peacekeeping missions around the world. The largest single deployment was as part of INTERFET in East Timor in 1999‒2000. Peacekeeping missions [more…]

Australia’s Military History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

More people are taking a greater interest in Australia’s military history. Australians have been involved in war for a variety of reasons and in many places since soon after white settlement. Australian [more…]

Women's Suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Did women first get the right to vote in the United States as a result of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920? Yes and no. The Nineteenth Amendment gave the right to vote to all women [more…]

Labor Day and the Pullman Strike of 1894

Labor Day, observed on the first Monday in September in the United States, is considered by many to mark the end of summer. Although it is ostensibly meant to celebrate the civic and economic contributions [more…]

Major Events of the Civil War Period

The following chart maps out key political events, people, and major military actions that preceded and defined the American Civil War, or War Between the States [more…]

The Civil War For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The American Civil War encompasses a vast number of political, social, and military acts. This timeline highlights crucial events that shaped the beginning and outcome of the Civil War between the Union [more…]

Rebellions and Conspiracies against the Tudors

Rebellions and conspiracies against the Tudors were all unsuccessful, because many of the relevant grievances were of local concern only and the dynasty was pretty good at getting hold of most of the rebels [more…]

Tudor Monarchs and Their Spouses

Apart from Henry VII, the Tudors weren’t very lucky in their marriages. Despite marrying six times, Henry VIII was survived by only one son and two daughters. Of these offspring, only Mary married – and [more…]

Timeline of Top Tudor Events

A lot can happen in 118 years. Here is a list of events that were important both at the time of the Tudors and for what they meant for the future. [more…]

Important Voyages and Journeys of the Tudor Period

Trade and exploration weren’t high on the royal agenda until the reign of Edward VI. After that, the Crown and the merchant community keenly backed voyages. Here are some of the most important voyages [more…]

Key Executions of the Tudor Period

The Tudors carried out more political executions than you'll find listed here, but these deaths represent significant markers in the development of the respective monarch’s sense of identity. The message [more…]

Notable Tudor Laws

The key stages in the development of Tudor government are marked by the passage of acts of Parliament. Indeed, the Tudors never claimed the right to make laws by any other means. Here are some of the more [more…]

The Tudors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The British Isles have witnessed many great regal dynasties through the ages, but none more turbulent, exciting and controversial than the Tudors. This Cheat Sheet gives you the essential up-front information [more…]

A Timeline of Important Events in Canadian History

Canadian history is a lot of fun. There are heroes and villains, tragedies and triumphs, great battles and sudden betrayals, loyal refugees and long struggles for social justice. The interpretation of [more…]

The Prime Ministers of Canada

Some of the most notable Canadian prime ministers were John A. Macdonald, Robert Borden, William Lyon Mackenzie King, Lester “Mike” Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, and Brian Mulroney. But there were many others [more…]

Kings and Queens and When They Ruled over Canada

The following list shows the reigning kings and queens of what ultimately would become Canada, before and after the conquest of New France in 1763. [more…]

Provinces and Territories and When They Became Part of Canada

Canadian confederation didn’t happen in a day. The provinces of Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia were the first to come onboard in 1867, but it wasn’t until 1999 that the territory of Nunavut [more…]

Canadian History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Any place as eclectic and mixed up as Canada will never be able to settle on a single unified, national history that will please everyone, but make no mistake: There is a Canadian history that we need [more…]

Rulers of England 924–1603

The first king acknowledged as king of all England was the Saxon King of Wessex, Athelstan, who came to the throne in 924. Later, Edward I brought Wales under English rule and Henry VIII incorporated it [more…]

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