Today in Artillery History

Historical Events

  • 1537-08-25 The Honourable Artillery Company, the oldest surviving regiment in the British Army, and the second most senior, is formed.
  • 1775-12-05 At Fort Ticonderoga, Henry Knox begins his historic transport of artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • 1776-01-24 Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts, with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga.
  • 1793-01-09 Dutch Prince Willem V establishes 2 brigades Drive Artillery
  • 1916-02-23 French artillery kills entire French 72nd division at Samogneux Verdun

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1916-11-15 Canadian pilot William George Barker flying over Ancre River, spots concentration of German troops massing for counter-attack on Beaumont Hamel, sends emergency Zone Call to break up German infantry apart. Barker later receives Military Cross

First World War Flying Ace William George Barker
First World War Flying Ace
William George Barker
  • 1918-03-23 CrĂ©py-en-Laonnoise: German artillery shells Paris, 256 killed
  • 1921-05-24 Bulhoek Massacre: police commissioner Colonel Theodore Truter, leads 6 squadrons, and an artillery detachment against Israelite religious sect collected at their annual gathering on the land of their leader Enoch Mgijima at Ntabalanga; 190 killed
  • 1937-08-06 Franco's artillery fires on Madrid
  • 1942-12-25 Russian artillery/tank battle on German armies at Stalingrad
  • 1945-03-31 US artillery lands on Keise Shima/begins firing on Okinawa
  • 1945-04-20 Soviet artillery begins shelling Berlin
  • 1954-09-03 China begins artillery bombing on Quemoy & Amoy
  • 1968-07-08 Israeli-Egyptian artillery duel along Suez Canal
  • 2010-11-23 The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • 2012-02-25 Syrian Army kills 100 civilians in artillery shelling of Homs and Hama

Famous Birthdays

  • 1754-03-23 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • 1816-12-13 E Werner von Siemens, German artillery officer/inventor
  • 1870-10-01 Pieter van Essen, Dutch artillery officer/inventor (grape-shot shells)
  • 1882-02-26 Walter Lucht, German artillery general (WW I/WW II)
  • 1884-10-05 Hendrik W Tilanus, Dutch artillery officer/politcian (CHU 1939-63)
  • 1928-03-09 Gerald Bull, Canadian long range artillery designer (d. 1990)

Famous Deaths

  • 1863-03-17 John Pelham, US Confederate artillery major, dies in battle at 24
  • 1925-04-14 Pieter D van Essen, Dutch artillery officer, dies at 54
  • 1966-02-16 Hendrik W Tilanus, artillery officer/leader (CHU 1939-63), dies at 81
  • 1971-12-13 Max Mell, Austria artillery officer/literary, dies at 88