Crecy was a turning point in military history and one of the most decisive victories ever for a force with far inferior numbers: The English had about 9,000 troops compared to the French 27,000, yet the English crushed the French.
The English had two weapons which changed warfare forever, ending the age of the armored knight and marking the beginning of the end of chivalry: The longbow and the cannon.
Longbows had been in use by many nations, but none used it in mass as the English did.
Small hand-cannons had been in use for awhile in Europe, and for centuries in China, but Crecy marks the first time in history where field cannons were used in battle...They were crude and quite small, but none-the-less a powerful weapon, and one which was coveted by every nation from this point on.
The use of the longbow in mass along with cannons made armor a pretty useless form of defense and also increased the volume of the killing field...The use of cannons also spelled the end of the effective defensive use of castles and other traditional walled defenses.
55 B.C. - Roman forces under Julius Caesar invaded Britain.
Caesar was well on his way toward conquering Gaul, and needed another challenge...He also needed another source of enhancing his revenue and reputation.
Never forget, Caesar was the least known and accomplished of the Triumvirs: Pompey, Crassus and Caesar...He had to prove his worth to the Roman people, and had the military skill to do just that.
Also, it's important to know the Romans never conquered Britain...They subjugated parts of the south, but never held a firm rule.
580 - The Chinese invented toilet paper.
I'd say this is worth noting...Must have been a shitty world before this time.
1278 - The Battle of Marchfeld: Rudolf of Habsburg defeated Ottokar II.
This was one of the many battles between the Turks and the Austrians, and wouldn't normally be of note...What makes this battle important is it's considered the beginning of the slow incline in Habsburg political influence.
1914 - The Battle of Tannenberg ended (began August 17): WWI. The German Eighth Army defeated the Russian Army.
Tannenberg was one of the first large battles in WWI...The Germans won handily.
Hindenburg and Ludendorff proved to be far superior to any Russian field commander, but it also didn't hurt that the Ruskies transmitted their battle plans over radio-waves, and didn't bother to encrypt them so the Germans didn't know their plan...Doh!
1957 - The Soviet Union announced it successfully tested an inter-continental ballistic missile.
Global Reach = Global Power!
1993 - Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and 14 co-defendants entered innocent pleas in federal court a day after their indictment on charges of conspiring to wage terrorism against the United States.
I thought the Islamists didn’t hate the U.S. until 'W' took power? Hmmm. Must be a mistake here...NOT!