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On this day in Africa in 1838 the Battle of Blood River took place near the Ncome River in KwaZulu Natal. The Battle of Blood River was between the Voortrekkers under the leadership of Andries Pretorius and the Zulu’s under the leadership of Dingane the Zulu King.
On this day in the world in 1944 Germany mounts a major offensive in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium. As the center of the Allied line falls back, it creates a bulge, leading to the name–the Battle of the Bulge.
On this day in the world in 1431 Henry VI of England is crowned King of France
Born on this day in 1770 is Ludwig van Beethoven, he bridged the gap between Classical and Romantic music with his symphonies, concertos, and sonatas despite losing his hearing. His most famous compositions included “Für Elise,” the “Moonlight Sonata,” and the Ninth Symphony.
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