Today in World History: January 30th

The forty-seven Ronin avenged their master on this day in world history in 1703. Samurais with no masters, Ronin usually live the rest of their lives in disgrace, when they usually commit seppuku, or an honorable suicide. After their master was killed, the forty-seven Ronin travelled the lands of Japan, formulating a plan to avenge […]

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Today in World History: January 28th

The Walk to Canossa, in which Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV tried to lift his excommunication, ended on this day in 1077. After refusing to change the investiture laws, which decide if the State or the Church decide who is appointed to bishopric, the new pope, Pope Gregory VII excommunicated him. He walked, allegedly barefoot, […]

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Today in World History: January 27th

On this day in 1888, in Washington D.C., the National Geographic Society was founded. Founded to study and protect many cultures, animals, and plants, and science, it is one of the world’s largest non-profit organizations. Founded in part by the man who invented the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, it is also the publisher of the […]

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Today in World History: January 26th

Great Britain’s Australian Governors were replaced today in 1808 when the only successful military takeover of Australia took place. The Rum Rebellion, led by the South Wales Corps, overthrew the Governor General of South Wales, the Australian province that includes Sydney. They instituted Martial Law, and the new regime lasted until the first day of […]

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Today in World History: January 25th

On this day in 1924, the first Winter Olympic Games started. Held in the French Alps, the Winter Olympic Games followed the success of the recently reestablished Olympic Games. They differ from their counterpart bu offering sports on snow and ice such as hockey, bobsledding, and skiing. At the time of its inception, only five […]

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