General Knowledge

Today In History – 29 October

Important Events 539 BC King Cyrus “the Great” of Persia marches into Babylon, freeing Jewish captives and allowing them to return home 1268 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German

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Today In History – 28 October

Important Events 1492 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana” 1538 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established on

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Today In History – 27 October

Important Events 312 Roman Emperor Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross 1795 Pinckney’s Treaty [Treaty of San Lorenzo] signed by Spain and US, establishing the southern boundary

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Today In History – 26 October

Important Events 1850 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island) 1861 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months 1863 International conference begins

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Today In History – 25 October

Important Events 1415 Battle of Agincourt: Henry V’s forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight 1854 The infamous “Charge of the Light Brigade” during the Battle of

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Today In History – 24 October

Important Events 1260 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself 1648 Treaty of Westphalia ends The Thirty Years’ War in

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Today In History – October 23

Important Events 42 BC Roman Republican civil wars: Second Battle of Philippi – Brutus’s army is decisively defeated by Mark Antony and Octavian. Brutus commits suicide. 1911 1st aerial reconnaissance mission is flown by an Italian pilot over

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Today In History – 22 October

Important Events 1633 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea 1721 Tsar Peter the Great becomes “All-Russian Imperator” 1879 Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament

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On This Day – 21 October

Important Events 1805 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during the battle. 1854 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent

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What’s So Special About 20 October?

World Statistics Day World Statistics Day is an international day to celebrate statistics. Created by the United Nations Statistical Commission, it was first celebrated on 20 October 2010. The day is celebrated every five

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On This Day – 20 October

Important Events 1097 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade 1603 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed 1803 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase 1864 US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes

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On This Day – 19 October

Important Events 202 BC Battle of Zama: Hannibal Barca and the Carthaginian army are defeated by Roman legions under Scipio Africanus, ending 2nd Punic War 1781 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms

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On This Day – 18 October

Important Events 1009 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock 1685 French King Louis XIV revokes

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Today In History – 17 October

Important Events 733 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel’s Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting Islamic influence (date disputed) 1854 French and British forces

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Today In History – 16 October

Important Events 1813 Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon’s forces defeated by Prussia, Austria and Russia 1900 Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain

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Today In History – 15 October

Important Events 1581 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet “Ballet Comique de la Reine” is staged in Paris 1582 Gregorian calendar introduced in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states, after skipping 10

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Today In History – 14 October

Important Events 1066 Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror and his Norman army defeat the English forces of Harold II who is killed in the battle 1322 Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at

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Today In History – October 13

Important Events 539 BC The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon 1279 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon 1492 Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall

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What’s So Special About 13 October?

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction The United Nations General Assembly has designated October 13th as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. It is an opportunity

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Today In History – 12 October

Important Events 539 BC The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon 1279 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon 1492 Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall

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