Thursday, December 25, 2014

Today in the Sobel Timeline: December 25

On December 25, 1879, the Paris mob stormed the Palace of Versailles, seized the French royal family, and put to death the recently-crowned King Louis XXI, his parents, and his three sisters.

On December 25, 1886, Mexican Chief of State Benito HermiĆ³n celebrated Christmas in San Sebastian Church in Guatemala City, which his armies had captured the month before.

On December 25, 1922, North American Motors President Owen Galloway gave a vitavised address in which he outlined the Galloway Plan to subsidize emigration within and from the Confederation of North America.

On December 25, 1939, troops from the Germanic Confederation fighting against Great Britain in the Global War captured the Victoria Canal and the city of Alexandria, Egypt.


DaveMB said...

Typo in first paragraph: 1789, not 1879.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Johnny Pez said...

No, it's not a typo. There was an attempt by the Paris mob to seize the Palace of Versailles in August 1789, but it was driven off and the uprising was put down within a month. 90 years later, on Christmas Day, another mob succeeded in storming the palace, capturing the royal family, and murdering them.

DaveMB said...

Aargh, my apologies.