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

Events

in 1798

The British Army defeats...
The British Army defeats Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill. The Battle of Vinegar Hill was an engagement during the Irish Rebellion of 1798 on 21 June 1798 when over 15,000 British soldiers launched an attack on Vinegar Hill outside Enniscorthy, County Wexford, the largest camp and headquarters of the Wexford United Irish rebels. It marked a turning point in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, as it was the last attempt by the rebels to hold and defend ground against the British military. The battle was actually fought in two locations: on Vinegar Hill itself and in the streets of nearby Enniscorthy.
Irish Rebellion of 1798, battle, Vinegar Hill

Births

in 1921
Jane Russell

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was an American film actress and was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s.
in 1925
Maureen Stapleton

Maureen Stapleton was an American actress in film, theater and television.
in 1953
Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani democratic socialist politician who served as the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan in two non-consecutive terms from 1988 until 1990 and 1993 until 1996. She was the daughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, a former prime minister of Pakistan and the founder of the Pakistan People's Party, which she led.

Deaths

in 1527
Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was an Italian historian, diplomat, philosopher, humanist and writer based in Florence during the Renaissance. A founder of modern political science, he was a diplomat, political philosopher, playwright, and a civil servant of the Florentine Republic.
in 2000
Alan Hovhaness

Alan Hovhaness was an Armenian-American composer.
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