On this day
Rome was occupied
In 69, General Vespasian's troops occupied Rome. This was, of course, after defeating the Emperor Vitellius. The empire would ensure a few more centuries, however, meaning there were plenty more dramas and battles to come – no wonder so many people think about the empire regularly!
The Knights of Rhodes surrendered
In 1522, Suleiman the Magnificent accepted the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes. They were then allowed to evacuate. They eventually settled in Malta and became known as the Knights of Malta.
New Year’s Day changed forever
In 1699, Russian Tsar Peter the Great ordered the Russian New Year to be changed from September 1st to January 1st. It’s a move that certainly stuck – can you imagine throwing a new year’s eve party in August?! Thought not!
The flag lowering marked the Louisiana Purchase
In 1803, the French flag was lowered in New Orleans. This marked the formal transfer of the Louisiana Purchase from France to the USA. It was purchased for a cool $15 million.
Cheka was formed
In 1917, Cheka was formed. The Soviet state security force and forerunner to the KGB was formed under Felix Dzerzhinsky after a decree by Lenin. However, Russian history was only going to get more complex and controversial from there.
Special Days Falling on December 20thHaving officially hit the 20s of December, we know that you will likely already be tied up with celebrations. However, there are so many important celebrations taking place around the world today, we thought you should know about a few of them.
Macao SARE Day
Macao SARE Day is observed every December 20th. Since 1999, Macao SARE Day, which is also known as Macau Special Administrative Region Establishment Day, or ‘Dia Comemorativo do estabelecimento da Região Administrativa Especial de Macau’ in Portuguese. It commemorates the day that the Chinese government claimed official sovereignty over Macao in 1999.
Mudd Day is also celebrated every December 20th. The day commemorates Dr. Samuel Mudd’s birthday. Mudd was a US citizen accused of aiding and abetting the assassination of US President Abreaham Lincoln. Thankfully for Mudd, while he was found guilty, he was spared the death penalty.
Sacagawea Day is also celebrated on December 20th every year. The day honors Sacagawea, the daughter of a Shoshone chief and part of the Lemhi band of the Shoshone tribe. At the age of 16, she acted as an interpreter for an expedition exploring the Louisiana Territory – the day honors and remembers her bravery and expertise.