The Crusades

  • Mar 5, 1096

    The First Crusade

    A military expedition by Western Christianity to regain the Holy Lands taken in the Muslim conquest of the Levant.
  • May 18, 1145

    2nd Crusade

    The Second Crusade was started in response to the fall of the County of Edessa.
  • Feb 18, 1187

    Muslims declare jihad on the holy land.

    Muslims declare jihad against Christian crusaders and Jerusalem is re-taken.
  • Oct 2, 1187

    Saladin retakes the city of Jerusalem

    On this day, October 2, 1187, the Muslim general captured the holy city. Muslims immediately clambered up and removed the cross that the Crusaders had mounted on the cupola of the Dome of the Rock.
  • Apr 13, 1189

    The 3rd Crusade

    The Third Crusade, also known as the Kings' Crusade, was an attempt by European leaders to reconquer the Holy Land from Saladin
  • Mar 30, 1291

    Seige of Acre

    The Siege of Acre (also called the Fall of Acre) took place in 1291 and resulted in the loss of the Crusader-controlled city of Acre to the Muslims. It is considered one of the most important battles of the time period. Although the crusading movement continued for several more centuries, the capture of the city marked the end of further crusades to the Levant. When Acre fell, the Crusaders lost their last major stronghold of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem.
  • Apr 6, 1453

    Fall of Constantinople

    The Fall of Constantinople was the capture of the capital of the Byzantine Empire, which occurred after a siege by the Ottoman Empire, under the command of Sultan Mehmed II, against the defending army commanded by Emperor Constantine XI. The siege lasted from Friday, 6 April 1453 until Tuesday, 29 May 1453 (according to the Julian Calendar), when the city was conquered by the Ottomans.
  • Battle of Algiers

    The Bombardment of Algiers (August 27, 1816) was an attempt by Britain to end the slavery practices of the Dey of Algiers. An Anglo-Dutch fleet under the command of Admiral Lord Exmouth bombarded ships and the harbour defences of Algiers.
  • Suez Crisis

    The Suez Crisis, also referred to as the Tripartite Aggression, was a war fought by Britain, France, and Israel against Egypt beginning on 29 October 1956.
  • 1st Gulf War

    The Persian Gulf War (August 2, 1990 – February 28, 1991), commonly referred to as simply the Gulf War, was a war waged by a U.N.-authorized coalition force from thirty-four nations led by the United States, against Iraq.
    This war has also been referred to (by the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein) as the Mother of All Battles, and is commonly, though mistakenly, known as Operation Desert Storm for the operational name of the military response.
  • 9/11 Terror Attacks

    A terror attack on New York's twin towers by muslim extremists.
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom

    The Iraq War or War in Iraq, also referred to as the Second Gulf War or Operation Iraqi Freedom, was a military campaign that began on March 20, 2003, with the invasion of Iraq by a multinational force led by troops from the United States under the administration of President George W. Bush and the United Kingdom under Prime Minister Tony Blair.