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18th October 1922: British Broadcasting Company established
18 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 18th October 1922, the British Broadcasting Company was established. Originally established as a private consortium of radio manufacturers to secure the first broadcasting license in the UK, the company later became the British...
17th October 1933: Einstein moves to the USA after Hitler becomes Chancellor of Germany
17 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
Einstein, who was Jewish, was undertaking a visiting professorship at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena when Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor on 30 January 1933. With the Nazis expanding their power in Germany,...
16th October 1793: The Execution of Marie Antoinette
16 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
At 12.15pm on the afternoon of the 16th October 1793, Marie Antoinette was executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris. Found guilty of treason earlier that morning, she was transported to...
15th October 1764: Edward Gibbon first considers The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
15 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
Gibbon’s six volume history traces the collapse of the Roman Empire from the rule of the Five Good Emperors until the end of Byzantium. Gibbon, like Machiavelli who had coined the term over two centuries...
14th October 1066: Battle of Hastings fought on Senlac Hill
14 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 14th October 1066, the Battle of Hastings was fought between Duke William II of Normandy and the Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson. Harold’s defeat triggered the Norman conquest of England and the beginning of...
13th October 1792: Cornerstone laid for the White House
13 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 13th October 1792 the cornerstone of the White House, which at the time was to be known as the United States Executive Mansion, was laid. Construction took 8 years, with John Adams being...
12th October 1810: First Oktoberfest held in Munich
12 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 12th October 1810, the first Oktoberfest took place in Munich. First established to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, the most important part of the festivities was...
11th October 1975: Saturday Night Live is broadcast for the first time
11 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
Saturday Night Live was originally known as NBC’s Saturday Night to avoid any confusion with the ABC show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. Having been developed to fill the gap left by the Johnny...
10th October 1903: Foundation of Women’s Social & Political Union
10 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
On the 10th October 1903 the Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members came to be known as suffragettes, was founded at the Manchester home of Sylvia and Emmeline Pankhurst. Frustrated by the lack of...
9th October 1410: The Prague Astronomical Clock first noted in a medieval document
9 Oct 2017 @ 03:05 am
Known as the Orloj, the astronomical clock was designed and built by the Imperial clockmaker Mikuláš of Kada? and Charles University professor Jan Šindel. Consisting of three main components, the astronomical dial and the mechanical...