This Day in History: Deerfield Razed in Queen Anne's War

Favorite
american colonies,art,history,This Day In History,war
- -

Deerfield, a frontier settlement in western Massachusetts, is attacked by a French and Native American force. Some 100 men, women, and children were massacred as the town was burned to the ground.

Continue reading over at History.com.

This Day in History: John Wesley Charters The First Methodist Church in The United States

Favorite
church,history,john wesley,religion,This Day In History
- -

On this day in 1784, John Wesley charters the first Methodist Church in the United States. Despite the fact that he was an Anglican, Wesley saw the need to provide church structure for his followers after the Anglican Church abandoned its American believers during the American Revolution.

This Day in History: New Orleanians Celebrate The First Mardi Gras

Favorite
art,funny,history,illustrations,This Day In History
- -

On this day in 1827, a group of masked and costumed students dance through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the beginning of the city's famous Mardi Gras celebrations.

This Day in History: Alamo Defenders Call for Help

Favorite
art,history,illustration,news,This Day In History
- -

Texan Colonel William Travis sends a desperate plea for help for the besieged defenders of the Alamo, ending the message with the famous last words, "Victory or Death."

This Day in History: Marines Raise Flag on Mt. Suribachi

Favorite
history,news,This Day In History,war,WWII
- -

On this day, during the battle for Iwo Jima, U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, the highest point on the island of Iwo Jima and a key strategic point.

Later, Marine commanders decide to raise a second, larger flag, an event which an Associated Press photographer captured on film. The resulting photograph became a defining image of the war.

This Day in History: George Washington is Born

Favorite
art,george washington,history,news,painting,portrait,This Day In History
- -

On this day in 1732, George Washington is born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner.

An initially loyal British subject, Washington eventually led the Continental Army in the American Revolution and became known as the father of the United States.

This Day in History: Marx Publishes Manifesto

Favorite
history,karl marx,news,This Day In History
- -

On February 21, 1848, The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx with the assistance of Friedrich Engels, is published in London by a group of German-born revolutionary socialists known as the Communist League.

The political pamphlet--arguably the most influential in history--proclaimed that "the history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles" and that the inevitable victory of the proletariat, or working class, would put an end to class society forever.