Today in World History: August 31st

Queen Wilhelmina of Netherlands, who ruled from 1890 to 1948, was born on this day in 1880. Her father, the King of the Netherlands, had three children from a previous marriage, but they all died before he did on November 23rd, 1890. This resulted in ten year old Wilhelmina becoming Queen, but her mother served as regent […]

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Today in World History: August 30th

Following two treaties in 1905 and 1907 which established Korea as a Japanese protectorate and then dissolved its internal administration and affairs, the two empires signed the Japan-Korea Treaty of 1910, in which the Japanese Empire formally annexed Korea and all its territories. Although the Korean Empire had only been established in 1897, Japanese influence […]

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Today in World History: August 27th

The Famous Five, a group of five Canadian women who helped to establish the rights for females to hold seats in the Senate of Canada, addressed their famous petition to the Supreme Court of Canada on this day in 1927. In their petition, they asked the court, “Does the word ‘Persons’ in Section 24 of the British North America […]

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Today in World History: August 25th

The Belgian Revolution, in which the Catholic provinces of Southern Netherlands seceded and rebelled against the rule of the Dutch, began on this day in 1830. Because of disparities between the lower, middle, and upper classes, along with major cultural differences between the two parts of the country, citizens began to rebel in the street. […]

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Today in World History: August 24th

The War of 1812, fought between the British Empire and the newly founded United States, continued on this day in 1814, as British troops broke through and invaded Washington D.C., setting the White House on fire. Under the presidency of James Madison, the first president to reside at the White House, tried to take control […]

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Today in World History: August 23rd

The Opium Wars, in which the British and Chinese Empires fought over territorial claims in the Far East, along with the British Empire’s illegal exportation of opium into China’s borders, began in March of 1839,and resulted in a staggering defeat for China. As China had been in a state of isolationism up until the European […]

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Today in World History: August 22nd

The Geneva Convention, which detailed the protocol for humanitarian concerns for war such as the treatment of sick or injured soldiers and civilians, was signed by twelve nations on this day in 1861. Baden, Prussia, Hesse, Württemberg, all now parts of Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, and Switzerland convened in Geneva to […]

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