[TDIH] James Cook is Born

On november 7, 1728, James Cook, British sailor of note, is born. He is most known for “discovering” Tahiti and Australia (natives can’t discover anything), but he was a huge support to the sciences, taking botanists, astronomers and other pioneers to remote areas, even when the “usefulness” of these experiments wasn’t obvious.


[TDIH] Battle of Jemappes

On November 6, 1792, the newly-formed First French Republic fights at Jemappes. Ostensibly to avenge the French King and Queen, more probably to annex some ground, the eastern neighbors thought it’d be easy to defeat a bunch of peasants with no actual military experience.

Turned out, numbers, meat cleavers, forks and shovels work rather well on the battlefield, espcially when the combattants are “inexperienced” and don’t wait for the lines to be properly formed and the verbal jousting to be over.


[TDIH] Little Turtle Crushes American Army

On November 5, 1790, Mihšihkinaahkwa (The Little Turtle), a Miami native-american chief, led a fight to contain the northern expansion of the newly independent american nation. He managed to repel assaults and to convince more and more tribe chieftains to join him.

After a successful campaign, peace was settled and he has been honored as a worthy opponent by the US ever since. It’s one of the idiosyncrasies of the new settlers that the Miami tribe has no land left today.


[TDIH] King Tut Is Born

On November 4, 1922, the entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamen (now mostly known as King Tut, hence the punish nature of the title) is discovered by Howard Carter and his men. Funnily enough, his only major find in his career is the major find of that era in the Valley of Kings.

Our Man Tut was born around -1341, and died at the age of 18. During that short life, the son of Akhenaten actually ruled for 9 years. 3000 years later, he is more famous in our world than most of the other Pharaohs in his dynasty.


[TDIH] Olympe de Gouges Is Executed

On November 3, 1793, Olympe de Gouges is guillotined on what is today the Place de la Concorde, in Paris. The exact reason of the execution would take a while to explain, but the main thrust of it is that she disagreed with the way France was governed post-Revolution, and was advocating a return to one of the classical forms: republic, federation, or constitutional monarchy.

She is considered today to be one of the most modern feminists of that era: she was politically engaged and quite vocal about total and absolute equality between men and women, at a time when it was unthinkable (and would remain so for a few more centuries, sadly). She was also a staunch anti-slavery proponent.


[TDIH] Russia Clubs WW1

On November 2, 1914, the Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire. It was brewing for a while, because of the various issue with navigating in the Mediterranean Sea. The Ottomans, at this point, are considered to be the weakest of the Central Powers alliance, and that lapse of judgement contributed to making WW1 the horrendous protracted massacre that it was.