Today in World History: October 12th

Oktoberfest, an annual celebration in Munich, Germany, began on this day in 1810. When Prince Ludwig, future King of Bavaria was married, a grand celebration was held, with horse races and attractions for the citizens of the kingdom. The following year, a decision was made to repeat the celebrations, and over the years, the festival became a tradition. Attractions were added to the festival within the decade, and the festival began to grow. Soon, it began to attract visitors from across Europe, and turned into a large event, with enormous quantities of beer consumed each year. Today, more than six million visit the festival every year, 215 years after the inaugural celebration. Oktoberfest has turned into a national celebration, and has played a large role in local politics, influencing policies. Millions of liters of beer are consumed every year, with people from around the world visiting Oktoberfest and turning it into an international cultural icon.

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