On this day in the year 69, the Roman emperor Vitellius was captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.
On this day in 1216, Pope Honorius III issued the papal bull Religiosam vitam which approved the Dominican Order.
On this day in 1790, the Turkish fortress of Izmail fell to Alexander Suvorov's armies. Suvorov is one of the very few generals in history who never lost a battle in his entire career.
On this day in 1864, Savannah, Georgia, fell to William Tecumseh Sherman's army, concluding his infamous March to the Sea.
On this day in 1894, the Dreyfus affair began in France when Captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongly convicted of treason.
On this day in 1944, German forces demand the surrender of American troops at Bastogne, Belgium, prompting General Anthony McAuliffe to reply, "Nuts!"
On this day a little over three decades ago, your not so humble host was born.