World AnniversaryBattle of GallipoliApril 25th, 201725 Apr 1915 to 9 Jan 1916 – British and French troops invade the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Ottoman Empire, initiating a campaign that would end in disaster (1915-1916).
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Mark D. Harris, MD, MPH, MBA, MDiv, Colonel (Ret), US Army
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Turkey and Central Asia – Nature and History
Calendar Highlights 201728 Feb - Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras (feasting and celebration before Lent) 1 Mar – Ash Wednesday (first day of Lent) 14 Mar – Pi Day (3.14159, the radius constant of a circle) 20 Mar – Vernal Equinox (0629 EDT) 9 Apr – Palm Sunday (Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem) 10 Apr – Passover begins at sunset (commemoration of the Israelite’s release from Egypt) 14 Apr – Good Friday (the day Jesus was crucified) 16 Apr – Easter (the day Jesus rose from the dead) 16 Apr – Orthodox Easter (Easter as celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox Church 21 May – Rogation Sunday (prayer and fasting preceding the Ascension) 25 May – Ascension Day (the day Jesus ascended into heaven) 26 May – Ramadan begins at sunset (a month of fasting to commemorate Muhammad receiving the Koran) 29 May – Memorial Day
Date in HIstory
16-19 Apr – Over one million Soviet troops attacked and pushed back about 112,000 German defenders in the Battle of Seelow Heights, opening the way for conquest of Berlin a few days later (1945).
17 Apr – French General Henri Giraud escaped from the German POW camp at Konigstein Castle near Dresden, Germany, making his way safely to Switzerland and later rejoining the war against the Axis (1942).
18 Apr – 16 B-25 Mitchells under James Doolittle bombed Tokyo and other cities in the Japanese Home Islands (1942).
19 Apr – The Battle of Haugsnes was fought between opposing Icelandic clans, the largest and bloodiest battle in the island’s history (1246).
19 Apr - Colonial militia defeat a British column in the Battles of Lexington and Concord (1775).
19 Apr – In Springfield, MA, Charles Duryea claimed to the first American to drive a car (1892).
19 Apr – Eighteen runners ran in the first Boston Marathon, the largest and oldest marathon in the world. John J. McDermott won it in 2:55:10 (1897).
20 Apr 1775 to 17 Mar 1776 – Militia from New England and surrounding colonies besieged British regulars occupying Boston, eventually capturing the city (1775-1776).
21 Apr – After the disaster at the Alamo and the massacre at Goliad, Texan soldiers under Sam Houston routed Mexican soldiers under Santa Anna, who was captured, at the Battle of San Jacinto (1836).
22-23 Apr – 1LT Carter Harman of the 1st Air Commando Group performed the first helicopter (Sikorsky YR-4B) combat search and rescue mission in history when he rescued a pilot and three British soldiers in the China-Burma theater (1944).
23 Apr – Naval forces from the United Kingdom tried and failed to close the Belgian port at Zeebrugge, which was used as a base for German U-boats (1918).
24 Apr – By tradition, the date on which the City of Troy fell to the Greeks (1184 BC).
24 Apr – Sigmund Freud published his famous paper, Das Ich und das Es, outlining his concept of the Id, the Ego, and the Super-Ego (1923).
24 Apr – Cosmonaut Vladimir Mikhaylovich Komarov became the first person to die in space exploration after his parachute failed to open during re-entry aboard Soyuz 1 (1967).
25 Apr 1915 to 9 Jan 1916 – British and French troops invade the Gallipoli Peninsula in the Ottoman Empire, initiating a campaign that would end in disaster (1915-1916).
26 Apr – William Shakespeare, writer of the plays Romeo and Juliet, MacBeth, Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, and many others, was baptized in Stratford-upon-Avon in England (1564).
26 Apr – Germany won its last victory of World War 2 in the Battle of Bautzen, though it had no impact on the imminent defeat of the Third Reich (1945).
27 Apr to 13 May – A force of US marines, US soldiers, and local mercenaries captured the fortress and port of Derne, held by Ottoman Tripolitanian forces, the decisive action of the Barbary War (1805).
28 Apr – In the Battle of Cerignola, which was the first major battle involving the widespread use of small firearms, Spanish troops defeated a larger French force (1503).
29 Apr – HMS Goodall K479 was torpedoed and sunk by U-286, the last ship of the Royal Navy to be sunk in the European theatre in WW2 (1945).
30 Apr to 6 May - Confederate forces under Lee and Jackson defeat Union forces under Hooker at the Battle of Chancellorsville (1863).
Great Events in History