Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

and that's the way it was

September 28 is actually the anniversary of a couple of notable dates in Middle East history. For example, if you’re a fan of lost causes, it’s the date in 1995 when Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo II accord, which was supposed to provide for Palestinian autonomy leading to future (HA!) talks on an independent Palestinian state. On this date five years later (2000), then-Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon did his part to bury Oslo II as deep as he possibly could by “visiting” the Al-Aqsa/Temple Mount area and precipitating the Second Intifada. If the lives and times of Arab strongmen are more your thing, then you probably already know that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser died on this date in 1970.

But since I like older stuff and this is my blog, let’s ignore those recent events and talk about the (naval) Battle of Preveza, which happened…

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