January 22 1506 – The Swiss Guards Arrive at the Vatican

January 22 1506 – The Swiss Guards Arrive at the VaticanRate this post Known as some of the best soldiers in the world at the time, a group of 150 Swiss mercenaries passed through the Porta del Popolo of Vatican City on January 22, 1506 tasked with defending the pope. More than five centuries later, the highly-trained Pontifical Swiss Guards remain arguably the deadliest feature in the center of Roman Catholicism. By the end of the Middle Ages, the Swiss developed a reputation for creating fearsome fighting forces. The Swiss Federation, a group of nominally-connected city-states in the Holy Roman Empire, employed short-term militias built on mandatory service requirements for […]

January 22 1901 – Queen Victoria, Dies At Osborne House On The Isle of Wight

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January 22 1901 – Queen Victoria, Dies At Osborne House On The Isle of WightRate this post On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning British monarch died on the Isle of Wight. Victoria was also the longest-reigning queen in the world. The Victorian Era was a period of many revolutions and innovations and the rapid growth of industry and the British Empire made the United Kingdom a major power around the globe. Queen Victoria was born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only child of Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn and the fourth son of King George III. Victoria went on […]