On this day: a Russian attack on Warsaw

This 1837 painting by Mikhail Lermontov depicts Russian Guard Hussars attacking Warsaw, Poland on the 7th of September, 1831. The original date given was the 26th of August, as the Russian Empire followed the old calendar.

The Battle of Warsaw was part of the Polish–Russian War of 1830–31 (otherwise known as the November Uprising). Tens of thousands were killed in the battle that resulted in the defeat of Polish uprising and victory for the Russians.

Russian_Guard_Hussars_attacking_Warsaw_7th_September_1831 Russian Guard Hussars attacking Warsaw 7th September 1831. Mikhail Lermontov

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On this day: New London Bridge Opened

John Rennie’s 19th-century London Bridge. Albumen print 8 1.2 × 11 1.4 in. (21.59 × 28.575 cm). Transfer from the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

New London Bridge sometime between 1870 and 1890

London Bridge has been rebuilt a number of times, and on the 1st of August, 1831, “New” London Bridge was opened, replacing the more than six-hundred year old structure that had stood before it.

The Demolition of Old London Bridge, 1832, Guildhall Gallery, London.

The Demolition of Old London Bridge

King William IV and Queen Adelaide attended a banquet in a pavilion erected on the bridge to celebrate the opening.

London Bridge and Tower Bridge

Present day London Bridge and Tower Bridge

The present-day London Bridge is from the early 1970s, and is not to be mistaken (a common confusion with tourists) with the more attractive and photographed Tower Bridge, the next one east on the River Thames.

On this day: the Battle of Olszynka Grochowska

On the 25th of February, 1831, Polish people near Warsaw fought against the Russians in the Battle of Olszynka Grochowska. The result of the battle is listed as inconclusive.

This painting depicting the battle is by Wojciech Kossak.

Kossak_Battle_of_Olszynka_GrochowskaBattle of Olszynka Grochowska 25th February 1831 painted 1931