Today in World History: October 31st

Martin Luther, German priest, posted his critique of the Catholic Church, called the 95 Theses, on a church in Wittenberg on this day in 1517. The beginning of the Protestant Reformation, the 95 Theses detailed Luther’s problems with the church, and how to solve them. His ideas created an international crisis of faith in the […]

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Today in World History: October 29th

Sir Walter Raleigh, English explorer, politician, and spy, died on this day in 1618. After having settled the first English colony on Roanoke Island, Raleigh popularized tobacco in England, where it eventually spread to the rest of Europe. His efforts in colonizing the Americas in the name of Queen Elizabeth I earned him land in […]

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Today in World History: October 28th

The March on Rome, in which a military revolution led by Benito Mussolini overthrew the Italian government, happened on this day in 1922. Following the end of World War Two and the restoration of cultural Italian lands from Austria-Hungary, the Italian nation became involved in colonizing Northern Africa. Meanwhile, the National Fascist Party of Italy […]

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Today in World History: October 26th

King George III of Great Britain declared the American colonies in revolution on this day in 1775. Following increased sentiments of dissatisfaction with the British regime in the Thirteen Colonies, people began staging acts of defiance of the empire, such as the Boston Tea Party. These escalated into a full-blown revolution, one that pitted the […]

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Today in World History: October 25th

The October Revolution, in which Bolshevik supporters established the Soviet Union, began on this day in 1917. Following the end of the Russian Tsardom the previous February, a provisional government was put in place as the Russia nation transitioned to its first democracy in its centuries of existence. The Bolsheviks criticized the actions of the […]

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Today in World History: October 24th

The Kingdom of Poland-Lithuania was partitioned for the third and final time on this day in 1795. The kingdom, established in the sixteenth century following a union of the two nations, had become increasingly unstable, weak, and poor. The kingdom had already fallen under Ottoman influence before, and by the late eighteenth century it was […]

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Today in World History: October 22nd

The death of Portuguese king Ferdinand I in 1383 sparked the Portuguese Interregnum, where civil war erupted in Portugal and no person held the throne. Following Ferdinand’s death without a legitimate heir, his daughter, Beatriz, was forced to marry King John I of Castile, meaning Portugal would lose its independence. After three wars fought against Castile […]

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