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Today in History: 21 May 1994


Yemen: The Republic of Yemen is Formed

On this day in 1990 the Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen merge to form the Republic of Yemen. In 1994 the Democratic Republic of Yemen attempted to secede from the Republic of Yemen and war broke out. Yemen is a country torn by civil unrest.

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Yemen

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Today in History: 09 May 1671


England: Thomas Blood Attempts to Steal the Crown Jewels

 

 

On this day in 1671, Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels of England from the Tower of London.

 

 

For more, visit:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Blood

Book:
Colonel Thomas Blood – Crown-Stealer 1618-1680, by Wilbur Cortez Abbott


Today in History – 19 April 1587


Sir Francis Drake Destroys the Spanish Fleet in Cadiz, Spain

War had broken out (Anglo-Spanish War of 1585 to 1604) between the Spanish and English – between Roman Catholic Spain and Protestant England. But it was more than just a religious war, for there were also political and economic agitations. English privateers were having a major impact on Spanish shipping. English support for the Netherlands in their fight for independence against Spain and also their support for an alternative Portuguese ruler (Portugal were in league with Spain) were a constant annoyance to the Spanish Empire. England saw Spain as a major threat to their security. Soon it was war, with Spain determined to invade England and crush Protestantism in its infancy.

Sir Francis Drake had been one of the thorns in Spain’s side, acting as a privateer in the Spanish Indies and taking many a Spanish ship as a prize. He was given command of an English fleet and set out to attack the Spanish on the 12th April 1587. On the 19th April 1587, Sir Francis Drake carried out what he described as having ‘singed the beard of the King of Spain,’ by sinking the Spanish fleet at harbor in the Bay of Cadiz, Spain. Up to 33 ships were destroyed and four were captured. This occurred the year prior to the sinking of the Spanish Armada during the attempted invasion of England.

When the fleet returned to England on the 6th of July, they had sunk over 100 enemy vessels and suceeded in setting back the planned Spanish invasion of England by a year. Drake had already sealed his place in history as one of England’s heroes, but his work had only just begun.

 


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