This Badass Day in History: June 20
Out of many, one. A new order for the ages! Do you like Illuminati conspiracies theories? If so, gather round and share them for today is…
A Roman army repels the Hunnic forces of Attila the Hun at the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields. The battle involved more than 100,000 participants and resulted in heavy casualties for both sides. Despite being one of the most important battles in history, the Western Roman Empire collapsed anyway less than thirty years later.
The Irish village of Baltimore is sacked by Barbary pirates in 1631.
The raid was the single largest ever attempted against the British Isles and resulted in Baltimore falling into disuse for decades, much like Baltimore, Maryland today.
Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States on this day in 1782. Was it a Masonic conspiracy to just some routine paperwork? You decide.
V for Victoria
Queen Victoria ascended to the British throne in 1837, eventually becoming the longest-reigning British monarch in history. Paradoxically, she would later describe the women’s rights movement as a “mad, wicked folly” and presided over one of the most famously misogynistic periods in modern history: the Victorian era.
Samuel Morse received his patent for the telegraph in 1840, meaning he could finally send text messages.
License to Drive
Kazimierz Piechowski and three cohorts somehow manage to escape Auschwitz in 1942 using SS uniforms and a stolen car.
As if pulling off one of the most incredible getaways in history wasn’t impressive enough, Kazimierz is still alive to talk about it.
The Big Gulp
The United States wins the Battle of the Philippine Sea in one of the most lopsided naval victories in history. The Japanese lose three fleet carriers and more than 500 aircraft in the fight, which has since been described as “the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot.”
The State Department approves the transfer of Wernher von Braun and his fellow rocket scientists to the US in 1945 as part of Operation Paperclip. Despite being a member of the Nazi Party, the SS, and the chief architect behind the V-2 rocket program, von Braun would eventually design the Saturn V for the US that put men on the moon.
Someone notices the infamous 18 ½ minute gap in the Watergate tapes that Nixon secretary Rose Mary Woods claims she “accidentally” erased while reaching for a telephone.
Huns, pirates, Mason, feminists, Nazis, and now Nixon? It’s a conspiracy! June 20, you are truly one of the most terrifyingly badass days in history we’ve ever heard of.