Today in World History: February 28th

The last emperor of the Aztecs, Cuauhtémoc, was executed on this day in 1521. After the death of Moctezuma II, he ascended to the throne during a time of Aztec weakness, after being devastated by smallpox and other European diseases. Cuauhtémoc also had to face the Spanish conquistadors, led by Hernán Cortés, as they wreaked havoc on his […]

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Today in World History: February 23rd

In Byzantine Constantinople, nowadays called Istanbul, the emperor Justinian I commissioned a grand new building on this day in 532. Following a series of protests against him and his wife, the empress Theodora, Justinian sought to appease the citizens who had only weeks before burned down the church that he wanted to replace. He ordered […]

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Today in World History: February 21st

The Prussian Confederation was formed on this day in 1440. The predecessor to the Kingdom of Prussia, it was formed as an alliance between nineteen cities in Prussia, to oppose their overlords, the Teutonic Order, a monastic military state in modern Livonia and Lithuania. The Confederation sought to join Poland as a fief, or region, […]

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