July 1, 69 CE – Vespasian Declared Emperor by His Egyptian Legions

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July 1, 69 CE – Vespasian Declared Emperor by His Egyptian LegionsRate this post In the wake of Nero’s death in 68 CE, the Roman Empire became a free-for-all. The Year of the Four Emperors – a civil war by another name – saw Galba assume the throne, only to be murdered by Otho, a man soon overtaken by Vitellius in April. Otho’s backers, eager to find someone to remove the new Emperor, were pleased to see Vespasian declared the rightful heir by the Roman Army in Egypt on July 1, 69. (Not without a little help, for what it’s worth.) Titus Flavius Vespasianus was an Italian by birth. He’d […]

July 1 1991 – The Warsaw Pact, the Communist answer to NATO in Europe, is dissolved in Prague

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July 1 1991 – The Warsaw Pact, the Communist answer to NATO in Europe, is dissolved in PragueRate this post In 1955, when the United States and other NATO members decided to include West Germany as a member of the organization and made way for the nation to remilitarize, the move was perceived as a direct threat by erstwhile USSR and the communist bloc. The Warsaw Treaty Organization of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance, popularly called Warsaw Pact, signed in 1955, came as a natural consequence. With the pact the communist nations pledged mutual cooperation and defense alliance. The Warsaw Pact dominated the political scenario in the communist world (namely […]