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 on this date in 1538 and was the decisive battle in the third of seven (!) Ottoman-Venetian wars (most of which didn’t go well for the Venetians) that took place between the 15th and 18th centuries (this one ran from 1537-1540).