Timeline of the Seventies (XIX century)

Timeline of the Seventies
Timeline of the Seventies by Kai NRG/Geneva

Timeline description is given by Kai NRG/Geneva on his Flickr post here.

1870:
October 12th
Confederate General Robert E. Lee died at Lexington, Virginia. He was sixty-three.
“Forth from its scabbard! All in vain!
Forth flashed the sword of Lee!
‘Tis shrouded now in its sheath again,
It sleeps the sleep of our noble slain,
Defeated, yet without a stain,
Proudly and peacefully.”
–Moina

1871:
The unification of Italy as a nation, no longer city states and without the major civil control of the Pope, occurred during this year. Much of this was due to the efforts of the patriot Garibaldi.

May
The Paris Commune was smashed by the French Army during “The Bloody Week.” This commune had been formed as a reaction to the potential reestablishment of the monarchy. During its suppression, over 20,000 Parisians were killed. On a side note, Paris has really had quite a slew of mob riots throughout its history!
October 8th
The beginning of the Great Chicago Fire. Rumor said it was started by a cow, but rumor is, well, rumor. Three hundred people lost their lives in this fire, and damages ran up to an estimated two hundred million dollars.
November 10th
Journalist Henry Morton Stanley uttered the famous words, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume,” when he met that renown explorer in the depths of Africa. Livingstone had disappeared and was thought dead.

1873:
This year witnessed the development of Blue Jeans.

1874:
The Japanese invaded Taiwan this year. Their pathetic excuse wasthe murder of a shipwrecked seaman by the inhabitants. The Japanese withdrew their troops after the Chinese agreed to the stipulated payment.

Another huge highlight of this year was the creation of the USA Republican party elephant!

1875:
The first Kentucky Derby was held this year. It was won by – yep, you guessed it – a horse! This particular horse’s name happened to be Aristides.

1876:
March 10th
Alexander Graham Bell spilled acid on his pants. This, in itself, is not a very noteworthy incident, especially as it doubtless occurred quite regularly. However, it set off a massive chain reaction! Alexander called to his assistant, Watson. But Watson heard him through the trial telephone speaker!

The National League of Baseball was also founded this year.

June 25th
Along with all his 256 men, General George Armstrong Custer was killed in this last Indian victory. Custer’s famous last stand… not thelemonade one though.

1879:
August 2nd
Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back of the head while holding aces and eights, the Dead Man’s Hand.

And to top the decade off, this was the year Thomas Alva Edison invented a commercially realistic lightbulb and switched on the electrical revolution!

To War!

James presented this wonderful ship representing the arrival of King Richard at Acre during the Third Crusade.
I really like how James built the wooden hull of the ship! Well done and another great historical entry on the blog :)

To War!

Here’s the historical context given by James on Flickr.

1191AD, June 8, King Richard lands at Acre during the Third Crusade

The Third Crusade had begun after Saladin had conquered a great part of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The Crusaders afterwards controlled only Tyre, Tripoli, and Antioch. A new Crusade is called by Pope Gregory VIII in October of 1187AD.

Richard had become King of England on 6th July 1198AD and began preparations to join the third Crusade. On his way to the Holy Land he fights in Sicily and Cyprus, gaining control of Cyprus an important Island for the Crusaders.

On arriving at Acre, he arranges a meeting with Saladin, and an armistice of three days is agreed so the meeting can take place. However, both Richard and Philip II of France fall ill. There is no meeting.

Afterwards Richard and his forces help capture Acre, despite his serious illness. Although sick from scurvy and being carried on a stretcher, he fights, picking off guards on the walls of Acre with his crossbow.

Herakles on his quest to save Prometheus

According to the greek myth, Heracles saves Prometheus that was chained by Zeus after he has stolen the fire and gave it to humans. This diorama reflects the imagination of Mihai Marius Mihu about the story of Heracles confronting some myth creatures who guarded the temple on the foot of the mountain where Prometheus was chained.

Heracles confronting minotaurs

 

Quoting the author:

 (I wanted to include the chained Prometheus in the diorama but the lack of pieces forced me to make them separated www.flickr.com/photos/mihaimariusmihu/9515653462/). The emblem on the minotaur shields and the decorative bird statues on the architecture are to relate to the eagle that torments Prometheus.