Above painting: Louis Jean Francois - Mars and Venus an Allegory of Peace


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Thursday, September 10, 2015

This Week in History: 9/7 - 9/13

Time for your weekly history lesson!
What happened this week in history?

September 7, 1191: Queen Elizabeth I of England is born to King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. 

September 8, 1504: In Florence, the infamous David sculpture by Michelangelo is unveiled.

September 9, 1753: The first steam engine arrives in the US Colonies (New Jersey) from England—but not to be used as a mode of transportation, instead as a way to pump water from coal and metal mines. It was called a “fire engine.” It would be nearly 50 years later that steam engines were used for transportation.

September 10, 1547: The English beat the Scots at the Battle of Pinkie.

September 11, 1297: The Battle at Stirling Bridge (featured in my novel, The Highlander’s Reward). The Scots, led by William Wallace, defeat the English. This is also the date, in 2001, that the United States will remember forever, as terrorists hijacked planes that they crashed into the Twin Towers in NYC, the Pentagon in DC, and a fourth that passengers and crew fought back, crashing in a field in Pennsylvania. 2977 victims were killed in this heinous attack.

September 12, 1814: The Battle of North Point—celebrated as Defenders’ Day—is fought near Baltimore (War of 1812).

September 13, AD 122: The alleged date that the Romans began building Hadrian’s Wall.

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