On This Day in History, August 27

In 1776, British General William Howe inflicted a serious defeat upon Washington’s Continental Army at the Battle of Long Island, also called the Battle of Brooklyn. The British began by attacking fortifications along the Heights of Guan at points that are in the modern day Flatbush and Jamaica sections of Brooklyn and Queens. A flanking…

On This Day in History, August 1

In 902, the Muslim conquest of Sicily, overseen by the Aglabid dynasty of the Abbasid Caliphate, finished their conquest with the fall of Taormina, the final stronghold upon the island. The city would overthrow its Muslim conquerors later that year and would retain their independence until 965, when the Fatimid Caliphate, who seized power from…