On this day in 410 the sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ends after three days. This was the first time an enemy's army had enter the city walls in over 800 years. Regarded as the final blow in the downfall of western civilization and the beginning of the dark ages, the entire city of Rome was destroyed. Many of the temples were leveled and the ashes of Augustus and Hadrian were thrown on the ground.
On this day in 1896 the shortest war in world history starts and finishes in forty five minutes. The Anglo-Zanzibar war between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar took place when pro-British Sultan Hamad bin Thuwaini died and was succeeded by Khalid bin Barghash. The British preferred another to be the head of their puppet state, and when Barghash refused to step down the British responded with their army. The conflict came to a quick ending.
On this day in 1967 Beatles manager Brian Epstein died of a drug overdose. Credited with starting the careers of the Beatles, Epstein guided the group from their humble beginnings to pop super stardom. He had managed every aspect of their business affairs. After his death the Beatles created the Apple label that was part of their undoing.
On this day in 2007 NFL quarterback Michael Vick pleads guilty to the federal charge of illegal dog fighting. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison. Vick ran an underground dog fighting ring known as Bad Newz Kennels, that was raided by federal agents, where they found several neglected dogs and evidence of their abuse. Vick and his co-defendants initially plead not guilty until they chose to snitch on each other.