Today in World History: January 22nd

On this day in world history, in 1901, Queen Victoria of Great Britain died. Queen of Great Britain and Empress of India, she ruled over the empire while the British East India Company took over India, Canada gained its independence, and England went through the industrial revolution. She also expanded Great Britain’s presence in Africa, including Egypt and Sudan. She reigned for sixty-three years, which, as of January 2015, the longest reign for an English monarch and the greatest in the world for a female. After her husband, who was also her cousin, died, she became depressed, and her influence on the country, which was a constitutional monarchy, decreased. Her reign was known as the Victorian Era, as her rule changed the world. She died at the age of eighty-one.

“Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.”

-Queen Victoria

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