Tuesday, 14 February 2012

On this day February 14th: The Polish -Soviet war began

On this day February 14th:
1349-Approximately 2,000 alien Jews were burned to death or forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg, France.
1670-Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chased Jews out of Vienna
1779-Aged 50, English Captain James Cook, explorer, navigator and cartographer, was hacked to death by savages near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.
1797-Battle of Cape St. Vincent – John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent and Horatio Nelson (later 1st Viscount Nelson) led the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar.
1900-Second Boer War: In South Africa, 20,000 British troops invaded the Orange Free State.
1919-The Polish-Soviet War began.
1939-The German battleship Bismarck was launched in Hamburg, she was the largest battleship ever built by Germany,
1943-German General Erwin Rommel and his Afrika Korps launched an offensive against Allied forces in Tunisia, North Africa. The Battle of the Kasserine Pass was the site of the first major battle defeat of the war for the United States.
1949-The Knesset (Israeli parliament or lair of the beast) convened for the first time.

Polish propaganda poster showing Polish cavalry and a gorilla-like Bolshevik soldier with a starred cap. The text reads: "Smash the Bolshevik"


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