This Day In History
Sunday, December 16, 2018
On This Day

Events

in 451

Battle of Avarayr between...
Battle of Avarayr between Armenian rebels and the Sassanid Empire takes place. The Empire defeats the Armenians militarily but guarantees them freedom to openly practice Christianity. The Battle of Avarayr also known as Battle of Vartanantz, was fought on May 26, 451 on the Avarayr Plain in Vaspurakan, between the Armenian Army under Saint Vartan and their Sassanid rulers. Although the Persians were victorious on the battlefield itself, they had heavy casualties and, following subsequent uprisings and guerilla warfare, the Armenians were eventually guaranteed religious freedom.
battle, Avarayr

Births

in 1822
Edmond de Goncourt

Edmond de Goncourt, born Edmond Louis Antoine Huot de Goncourt, was a French writer, literary critic, art critic, book publisher and the founder of the Académie Goncourt.
in 1874
Henri Farman

Henri Farman was a French pilot, aviator and aircraft designer and manufacturer with his brother Maurice Farman. His family was British and he took French nationality in 1937.

Deaths

in 1876
Frantisek Palacky

František Palacký was a Czech historian and politician, the most influential person of the Czech National Revival, called "Father of the Nation".
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