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Today In History – 6 November, 2020

Important Events 1813 Chilpancingo congress declares Mexico independent of Spain 1860 Abraham Lincoln (Rep-R-Ill) elected 16th American President 1913 Mahatma Gandhi arrested for leading Indian miners’ march in South Africa 1917 [OS Oct 24] Bolshevik revolution

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Today In History – 5 November, 2020

Important Events 1492 Christopher Columbus 1st learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population 1556 Second Battle of Panipat: Hindu Emperor of north India Hem Chandra Vikramaditya defeated by forces

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Today In History – 4 November

Important Events 1576 Eighty Years’ War: In Flanders, Spanish defeat Walloon and capture Antwerp 1841 First wagon train arrives in California 1862 Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun in Indianapolis 1879 African American

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Today In History – 3 November

Important Events 644 Umar ibn al-Khattab, second Muslim caliph, is killed by a Persian slave in Medina 1534 English Parliament passes Act of Supremacy: Henry VIII and subsequent monarchs become Head of Church

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Today In History – 31 October

Important Events 1517 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating The Protestant Reformation 1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City

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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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