The Battle of Oroscopa was fought in late 151 BC between a Carthaginian
army commanded by the general Hasdrubal and a Numidian force under its
king, Masinissa, in what is now north western Tunisia. A peace treaty
with Rome prohibited Carthage from waging war. Masinissa, an ally of
Rome, exploited this to repeatedly raid Carthaginian territory. In
151 BC Carthage assembled an army under Hasdrubal and attempted to
deter Masinissa's aggression against the town of Oroscopa. Masinissa
lured the Carthaginians into an area of rough terrain and surrounded
them. The Carthaginians expected their opponents to disperse, but
Masinissa had forged a well-disciplined army and it was able to starve
the Carthaginians into surrender. The Carthaginians were then
treacherously attacked and many, perhaps most, were killed. Hasdrubal
survived and returned to Carthage, where he was condemned to death in an
attempt to placate Rome. But Rome launched a punitive expedition,
starting the Third Punic War which ended in the complete destruction of
Carthage in 146 BC.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Oroscopa>
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Seven Years' War: France began an unsuccessful attempt to
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Parliament passed the People's Budget, the first budget in
British history with the express intent of redistributing wealth.
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motorist Rodney King sparked six days of civil unrest in Los Angeles
(damage pictured), during which 63 people were killed.
The Chemical Weapons Convention entered into force, outlawing
the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons in the 87
countries that had ratified the convention.
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