February 4th, 1703 | The Forty-Seven Ronin Commit Seppuku

February 4th, 1703 | The Forty-Seven Ronin Commit Seppuku

If there’s one thing I can say about Japan: they take their obligations bloody seriously. With the emphasis on “bloody.” Someone looked at you funny? Let me behead them for you. Someone upset you over a particularly vicious retweet? That’s a katana to the larynx, for...
December 16th, 1773 | The Boston Tea Party

December 16th, 1773 | The Boston Tea Party

If you are an American, you’ve heard of this one; in fact, at this point, you may well be standing up and saluting the flag; national pride swelling out your chest like General Patton himself. But what really went on here and why did an angry mob of Americans dressed...
November 5th, 1757 | The Battle of Rossbach

November 5th, 1757 | The Battle of Rossbach

The 17th Century and Europe was doing what Europe liked to do for Sunday R&R: it was having a pie, a pint, and a punch-up. In fact ever since – and really “even during” – the Roman occupation, European countries, Empires, Kingdoms, and Fiefdoms just loved, loved,...
October 20th, 1720 | “Calico” Jack is Captured

October 20th, 1720 | “Calico” Jack is Captured

It’s the Golden Age of Piracy: an era when lands have been discovered, vast wealth snatched off the rightful owners, and enterprising little bastards are stealing ships in a bid for phat lewts. Enter in one Charles Vane, who served under the infamous pirate Henry...
August 6th, 1777 | The Battle of Oriskany

August 6th, 1777 | The Battle of Oriskany

Fun fact: I often forget that the American War of Independence occurred before the golden era of Napoleonic Battles. Way back in 1777, there was a guy called “Herkimer.” He hailed from a Palatinate German community in the Mohawk River Valley of New York, a tranquil...