THIS DAY IN HISTORY

  • 624 Battle of Badr: Muhammad’s Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan army
  • 1591 Battle at Tondibi: Moroccan army under Judar defeats Sultan Askia Ishaq II of Songhai
  • 1781 William Herschel sees what he thinks is a “comet” but is actually the discovery of the planet Uranus
  • 1884 Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins by Mahdist forces, lasts 10 months
  • 1903 Fall of the Sokoto Caliphate in Northern Nigeria, the British claim supremacy on over 500,000 square miles
  • 1930 Clyde Tombaugh announces discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory
  • 2003 The journal Nature reports that 350,000-year-old footprints of an upright-walking human have been found in Italy
  • 2019 US grounds all Boeing 737 Max aircraft after bans by others countries following the plane type’s second crash in Ethiopia

Source: Onthisday.com

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