January 17 1706 – American Renaissance Man Benjamin Franklin is Born in Boston

January 17 1706 – American Renaissance Man Benjamin Franklin is Born in BostonRate this post Of the many characters in the pantheon of American luminaries, none in the United States’ history is quite like Benjamin Franklin. Witty and curious, his wide variety of interests led to contributions in the realms of science, politics and music. Born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, he would become one of the most influential figures in the American War of Independence. One of 17 children, Franklin received little in the way of formal education. His father Josiah, a candle- and soap-maker, could only afford two years’ tuition at the Boston Latin School before funding […]

January 17 1811 – Battle of Calderón Bridge – Mexican War of Independence

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January 17 1811 – Battle of Calderón Bridge – Mexican War of Independence3.7 (73.33%) 9 votes The Battle of Calderón Bridge fought on January 17, 1811, was an important battle in the Mexican War of Independence. Over 100,000 Mexican revolutionists led by Ignacio Allende, Juan Aldama, Miguel Hidalgo, and Mariano Abasolo attacked the 6,000 Royalist troops on the banks of the Calderón River near Zapotlanejo, Jalisco. The soldiers fighting for the Spanish crown were led by General Félix María Calleja del Rey. The General was a renowned officer of the Spanish army and went on to become the viceroy of New Spain. Despite overwhelming odds, the troops led by General […]