Today in World History: September 22nd

Queen Victoria of England marked a special moment in her rule, passing her grandfather as longest-reigning monarch of England on this day in 1896. Building the British Empire into the largest Empire ever seen on the face of the Earth, Queen Victoria saw the Indian nations fall under control of the British Raj, becoming Empress of India and much of Africa, as the Scramble for Africa continued and England colonized large swaths of the continent, only rivaled by France. Her reign was a period of glory and power for the British Empire, and its period of sixty-three years and seven months have become known as the Victorian Age, in which England made industrial and scientific leaps that would set the stage for the World Wars and the following century. Her record for the longest reigning monarch of England was broken by her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II on September 12th, 2015.

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