Today in history
  • 451Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul
  • 622Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina)
  • 1519Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)
  • 1854Battle of the Alma: first major battle of Crimean War. British and French alliance defeat the Russians
  • 1990Both East and West Germany ratify reunification
  • 2001In an address to a joint session of Congress and the American people, U.S. President George W Bush declares a "war on terror".