From today's featured article
The Crawford expedition was a campaign on the western front of the American Revolutionary War, and one of the final operations of the conflict. Led by Colonel William Crawford (pictured), the campaign began May 25, 1782. Its goal was to destroy American Indian towns along the Sandusky River in the Ohio Country, with the hope of ending attacks on American settlers. The expedition was one in a long series of raids that both sides had conducted against enemy settlements throughout the war. Crawford led about 500 volunteer militiamen, mostly from Pennsylvania. The Indians and their British allies from Detroit gathered a force and surrounded the Americans. Seventy were killed, including Crawford, who was tortured and executed, probably in retaliation for the Gnadenhutten massacre two months earlier. Indian and British losses were minimal, and the rest of the Americans escaped and found their way back to Pennsylvania. (Full article...)
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- ... that Greek pop band Nostradamos won the best new composer and performer prize at the 1972 Thessaloniki Song Festival with their song "Dos Mou to Heri Sou" ('Give Me Your Hand')?
- ... that hints of female discrimination in biblical times were discovered in an ancient Persian cemetery excavated from Tel Qiri in northern Israel?
- ... that Hannelore Elsner, who first appeared in film in 1959, received international attention for her role in No Place to Go at the Cannes Festival in 2000?
- ... that "Afrikaners Landgenote", an Afrikaans translation of "Deutschland, Deutschland über alles", was proposed as the co-national anthem for South Africa alongside "God Save the King"?
- ... that Soedarpo Sastrosatomo joined the Socialist Party of Indonesia, but later founded a business conglomerate?
- ... that a classic example of moral progress is the abolition of slavery?
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On this day
- 1644 – Ming general Wu Sangui let the invading Manchus pass through the Great Wall of China (pictured), allowing them to capture Beijing, leading to the foundation of the Qing dynasty.
- 1810 – The Primera Junta, the first independent government in Argentina, was established in an open cabildo in Buenos Aires, marking the end of the May Revolution.
- 1979 – During takeoff from O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, an engine detached from American Airlines Flight 191, causing a crash that killed a total of 273 people, the deadliest aviation accident in United States history.
- 2009 – North Korea conducted a nuclear test and several other missile tests that were widely condemned by the international community and led to sanctions from the United Nations Security Council.