Happy Birthday History
August 3 is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the calendar. There are 150 days remaining until the end of the year. Many different and interesting things happened on August 3rd. Some things that happened were my birthday and a couple historical things.
The first thing that happened was in 1492. It was when Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos de la Frontera, Spain. Christopher Colombus was an explorer and navigator who was born in Italy. On the evening of 3 August 1492, Columbus left from Palos de la Frontera with three ships: a larger carrack, an old sailing ship, the Santa Maria, and two smaller Caravels, the Pinta, and the Santa Clara, nicknamed the Nina ("Girl") after her owner Juan Niño of Moguer. The first land that Columbus went to was Cuba. The monarchs forced the people who lived in Palos to contribute to the expedition. The Santa María was owned by Juan De La Cosa and captained by Columbus. The Pinta and the Niña were piloted by the Pinzon Brothers. This affected history because it was part of the Age of Exploration. The age of Exploration was all about God, Gold, and Glory. Christopher Columbus certainly got glory for traveling so far. Also he found new land and that made Spain more powerful.
The next thing that happened was in 1770 and that was when Frederick William III of Prussia was born. He was born in Potsdam as the son of Frederick William II and Frederika Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt. He was known for his great military skills. Frederick William succeeded to the throne on 16 November 1797. The new King was serious of his good intentions by cutting down the expenses of the royal establishment, dismissing his father's ministers, and reforming the most oppressive abuses of the late reign. On 14 October 1806, at the Battle of Jena-Auerstädt, the French defeated the Prussian army led by Frederick William, and the Prussian army collapsed. Frederick William III of Prussia unquestionably changed the way...
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