The Battle of Concepción was fought on October 28, 1835, between
Mexican troops and Texian insurgents on the grounds of Mission
Concepción (pictured in 2010), 2 miles (3.2 km) south of what is now
Downtown San Antonio in the U.S. state of Texas. The day before, Stephen
F. Austin, commander of the newly created Texian Army, had sent James
Bowie, James Fannin, and 90 soldiers to find a defensible spot for the
army to rest. After choosing a site near Mission Concepción, the
scouting party camped for the night and sent a courier to notify Austin.
Upon learning that the army was divided, General Martín Perfecto de Cos
sent Colonel Domingo Ugartechea with 275 soldiers to attack the scouting
party. The Texians took cover in a horseshoe-shaped gully; their good
defensive position, longer firing range, and better ammunition helped
them repel several attacks, and the Mexican soldiers retreated just 30
minutes before the remainder of the Texian Army arrived. Historians
estimate that between 14 and 76 Mexican soldiers were killed, while only
one Texian soldier died.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Concepci%C3%B3n>
Today's selected anniversaries:
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megathrust simultaneously—the only earthquake known to have done
this—with an estimated magnitude of 8.6 ML.
In New York Harbor, U.S. President Grover Cleveland dedicated
the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France, to commemorate the centennial
of the Declaration of Independence.
Richard Strauss conducted the first performance of his tone
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The Balkans Campaign in World War II: Italy invaded Greece
after Greek prime minister Ioannis Metaxas rejected Italian dictator
Benito Mussolini's ultimatum demanding the occupation of Greek
In St. Louis, Missouri, US, the 630-foot (190 m) tall catenary
steel Gateway Arch was completed.
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