Events for Wednesday 1st May 2013
On This Day in History
Battle of Issus1st May 0333 BC
The Battle of Issus occurred in southern Anatolia, in November 333 BC. The invading troops, led by the young Alexander of Macedonia, defeated the army personally led by Darius III of Achaemenid Persia in the second great battle for primacy in Asia. After Alexander's forces successfully forced a crossing of the Hellespont and defeated the Persian satraps led by a Greek mercenary in a prior encounter, Darius took personal charge of his army, gathered a large army from the depths of the empire, and maneuvered to cut the Macedonian line of supply, requiring Alexander to countermarch his forces, setting the stage for the battle near the mouth of the Pinarus River and south of the village of Issus.
Further ReadingThe Field Campaigns of Alexander the Great
(Hardback - 192 pages)
by Stephen English
Alexander the Great is one of the most famous men in history, and many believe he was the greatest military genius of all time (Julius Caesar wept at the feet of his statue in envy of his achievements). Most of his thirteen year reign as king of Macedon was spent… Read more...Only £19.99 at Pen & Sword Books.
Cato Street conspirators executed1st May 1820
On 1st May 1820, outside Newgate Prison in front of a dense crowd, five of the Cato Street conspirators - Arthur Thistlewood, William Davidson, James Ings, Richard Tidd and John Brunt - were hanged for high treason. Then they were decapitated in the last brutal act of a murderous conspiracy that aimed to assassinate Prime Minister Lord Liverpool and his cabinet and destroy his government.
Further ReadingEnemies of the State
(Hardback - 208 pages)
by M J Trow
Enemies of the State - True Crime Books
On 1 May 1820, outside Newgate Prison, in front of a dense crowd, five of the Cato Street conspirators - Arthur Thistlewood, William Davidson, James Ings, Richard Tidd and John Brunt - were hanged for high treason. Then they… Read more...
This Day's Events
Plymouth History FestivalStarts: Wed 1st May
Ends: Fri 31st May
Tel: 01752 304774
Various locations throughout the city, Plymouth PL4 8AJ
History festival in PlymouthPlymouth’s first-ever History Festival aims to highlight and celebrate Plymouth’s unique history and heritage. We hope to offer at least 50 different events for people of all ages and interests throughout the month, including displays, talks, guided walks, tours, family-friendly workshops and special events such as Local Studies Day 2013, Lord Mayor’s Day 2013 and Museums at Night 2013.
A number of Plymouth City Council departments as well as over 30 different local organisations and heritage providers are contributing to the programme which includes exhibitions and displays, film, music and performance, family activities, talks, presentations, walks and guided tours, plus a host of special events such as Local Studies Day, Family History Day, Archives from the Attic, the Opening Ceremony for Devonport Column and Museums at Night. Don’t leave it too late to book for something you really want to go to!