College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

October

  1. People's Republic of China proclaimed, 1949.
  2. British naturalist Charles Darwin returns to England after spending 5 years surveying the southern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, 1836. Infomation gathered in the expedition is used in his book, The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
  3. Francis of Assisi died, 1226.
  4. Sputnik I launched, 1957.
  5. Constitution of Fifth French Republic, 1958.
  6. William Tyndale burned at the stake, 1536.
  7. Battle of Lepanto, 1571.
    Archbishop Laud born, 1573.
  8. First Balkan War, 1912.
  9. Saint Saens born, 1835.
    Boer War begins, 1899.
  10. Charles Martel defeats Saracens at Tours, 732.
    Chinese Revolution begins, 1911.
  11. Huldreich Zwingli killed in battle, 1531.
    Second Vatican Council opens, 1962.
  12. Christopher Columbus touches land at Bahamas, 1492.
  13. Emperor Claudius poisoned, 54.
    Joachim Murat, King of Two Sicilies, executed, 1815.
  14. Battle of Hastings, 1066.
  15. Hernan Cortes named governor of New Spain, 1522.
    Ether first publicly demonstrated as anaesthetic, 1846.
  16. Marie Antoinette guillotined, 1793.
    Karol Wojityla (Pope John Paul II) elected as first pope from Eastern Europe, 1978.
  17. General Burgoyne surrendered at Saratoga, 1777.
    Death of Frederic Chopin, 1849.
  18. Edict of Nantes revoked by Louis XIV, 1685.
  19. Charles Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, 1781.
    Napoleon begins retreat from Moscow, 1812.
  20. Benito Mussolini seized power in Italy, 1922.
  21. Battle of Trafalgar, 1805.
  22. Peter I proclaimed Emperor of all the Russias, 1721.
    Franz Liszt born, 1811.
  23. American stock market crashed, 1929.
    Hungarian Revolt began, 1956.
  24. Treaty of Westphalia signed, 1648.
  25. Battle of Agincourt, 1415.
  26. Mutiny on the Battleship Potemkin, 1905.
    Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, born, 1919.
  27. Michael Servetus burned at the stake, 1553.
    Britain annexes Kimberly diamond fields, 1871.
  28. Constantine the Great's victory at the Milvian Bridge, 312.
    Statue of Liberty dedicated, 1886.
  29. Sir Walter Raleigh executed, 1618.
  30. Richard Sheridan born, 1751.
  31. Luther posts the 95 theses at Augsburg, 1517.

 

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