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The 'on this day in history' podcast, with a new episode every single day. Featuring historical events that range from the Roman Empire to the World Wide Web, HistoryPod proves that there is always something to be remembered 'on this day'. Written and presented by Scott Allsop, creator of the award-…

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    25th January 1890: American journalist Nellie Bly arrives in New Jersey after completing a 72-day solo journey around the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 25, 2023


    With £200 in English gold and banknotes, and a single bag that was smaller than modern carry-on luggage, Bly departed from Hoboken Pier in New Jersey on board the Augusta Victoria steamship on 14 November ...

    22nd January 1905: Bloody Sunday massacre takes place in the Russian capital St. Petersburg

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023


    Why the soldiers began firing on the peaceful march is unclear. Even the number of marchers killed or injured is uncertain with estimates ranging from the government's official figure of 96 dead to revolutionary claims of more than ...

    20th January 1942: Senior Nazis meet at the Wannsee Conference to discuss what was referred to as the “Final Solution to the Jewish Question”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023


    SS-Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich called the meeting in the Berlin suburb, in which he outlined the deportation of European Jews to extermination camps in Poland where they would be systematically ...

    17th January 1991: Combat phase of the Gulf War begins when Operation Desert Storm is launched

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023


    Operation Desert Storm set out to destroy Iraq's military and civilian infrastructure through an aerial bombing campaign in which over 2,250 coalition aircraft flew in excess of 1,000 sorties a day for five ...

    16th January 1412: Antipope John XXIII makes the Medici Bank the official bank to the Papacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023


    Antipope John XXIII made the Medici Bank the official bank of the ...

    15th January 1919: Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht killed by members of the Freikorps after the Spartacist Revolt

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023


    The two German socialists were joint-founders of the Spartacist League and the Communist Party of Germany, and were captured following the Spartacist uprising that began on 4 ...

    14th January 1943: Roosevelt and Churchill meet at the Casablanca Conference in Morocco

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023


    The Casablanca Conference saw the Combined Chiefs of Staff join American President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to discuss the future strategy for fighting the Second World ...

    12th January 1895: Foundation of the National Trust by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke Rawnsley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023


    Describing itself as ‘a charity that works to preserve and protect historic places and spaces – for ever, for everyone' the National Trust is one of the largest landowners in the United ...

    10th January 1920: Treaty of Versailles comes into effect and League of Nations is established

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023


    Although the Treaty had been signed in June the previous year, the terms weren't activated until 10 January which meant that the League of Nations was officially founded as the Covenant of the League was now in ...

    8th January 1918: United States President Woodrow Wilson outlines his principles for world peace, known as the Fourteen Points

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023


    Keen to distance the United States from nationalistic disputes that fuelled European rivalries, Wilson's 14 Points sought a lasting peace by securing terms that avoided selfish ambitions of the ...

    7th January 1979: Pol Pot of the Communist Party of Kampuchea (Cambodia) overthrown when Vietnamese forces capture the capital city Phnom Penh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023


    After the Vietnamese forces captured Phnom Penh on 7 January 1979, Pol Pot's Khmer Rouge forces fled into the ...

    4th January 1642: Charles I of England attempts to arrest the Five Members of Parliament, prompting the English Civil War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023


    Charles I himself entered the House of Commons chamber – an act that was a huge violation of Parliamentary privilege – and sat in the Speaker's chair to demand the Five Members be handed over to ...

    3rd January 1961: United States of America severs its diplomatic relationship with Cuba and closes its embassy in Havana

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023


    Fidel Castro's nationalisation of American-owned businesses and private property led the Eisenhower administration to cut all diplomatic ties with ...

    1st January 1942: Declaration by the United Nations agreed and signed by the four major Allied nations during the Second World War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023


    The original signatories – United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the USSR's Ambassador to the US Maxim Litvinov, and Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs T. V. Soong – were joined the next day by a further 24 ...

    30th December 1922: Foundation of the USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022


    In 1922 the USSR consisted of just four Soviet republics – the Russian SFSR, Ukrainian SSR, Byelorussian SSR and Transcaucasian ...

    27th December 537: Hagia Sophia inaugurated by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I and Patriarch Menas of Constantinople

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022


    Hagia Sophia's long history saw it serve as both a Greek Orthodox cathedral and a Roman Catholic cathedral, before Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II in ...

    26th December 1991: Soviet Union dissolved in the final meeting of the Supreme Soviet

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022


    As it became obvious that the USSR was falling apart, on 25 December Gorbachev resigned as President and the Soviet Union was formally dissolved the next ...

    24th December 1955: Colorado Springs Continental Air Defense Command first gives children the location Santa as he delivers presents

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2022


    CONAD was replaced by NORAD (the North American Aerospace Defense Command) in 1958, and NORAD Tracks Santa has reported Santa's location ever ...

    21st December 1913: First modern crossword puzzle printed in the New York World newspaper, created by Arthur Wynne

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022


    Wynne's first ‘word-cross puzzle' was shaped as a symmetrical diamond with a hollow centre, and was developed by Wynne for the 21 December issue of the New York World's ‘Fun' ...

    19th December 1783: William Pitt the Younger becomes Britain's youngest ever Prime Minister

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022


    William Pitt the Younger became the youngest ever Prime Minister of Great Britain at the age of ...

    18th December 1892: Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker receives its première performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022


    Composed in the Romantic style, the score received good reviews although responses to the ballet itself were mostly negative. The fortunes of the ballet only turned around with a new staging in New York in ...

    16th December 1914: German Imperial Navy attacks the British seaside towns of Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022


    Over a thousand shells were fired by the German ships, resulting in 137 deaths and a further 592 people being injured in the British towns. Most of the casualties were ...

    14th December 1911: Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen becomes the first to reach the South Pole

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022


    Amundsen's team arrived five weeks ahead of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott's Terra Nova ...

    13th December 902: Æthelwold's revolt against Edward the Elder is defeated

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022


    Æthelwold ætheling, a claimant to the Anglo-Saxon throne was defeated at the Battle of the ...

    12th December 1935: The Lebensborn registered association established in Nazi Germany by the SS

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022


    Literally translated as ‘Fount of Life', Lebensborn was designed to harness apparent racial purity through the birth of children conceived between Aryan women and members of the SS, often as a result of extramarital ...

    11th December 1946: UNICEF established by the United Nations General Assembly

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2022


    The United Nations General Assembly established UNICEF to provide help for children in countries affected by World War ...

    10th December 1901: First Nobel Prizes awarded in Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2022


    An urban legend states that an obituary printed erroneously left Nobel distressed at how he would be remembered, and resulted in him seeking a way to improve his legacy by funding the creation of Nobel ...

    8th December 1980: John Lennon murdered outside his New York apartment block by Mark David Chapman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022


    As Lennon walked from his limousine to the Dakota building's front entrance, Mark David Chapman fired five rounds at his back, of which four hit ...

    6th December 1956: The ‘Blood in the Water' Olympic water polo match between the USSR and Hungary

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022


    The match was a semi-final at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympic Games and became famous as a result of the violence that ran throughout the ...

    5th December 1952: The Great Smog descends on London and last for four days

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022


    The Great Smog of London descended on the British capital due to a combination of air pollution and weather ...

    4th December 1956: The Million Dollar Quartet of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash held an impromptu jam session at Sun Record Studios

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2022


    Studio engineer Jack Clement, who had discovered Jerry Lee Lewis, was in the control booth and decided to record the session which was the only time that these pop music pioneers would ever record ...

    3rd December 1967: The first human-to-human heart transplant is performed

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2022


    South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first human-to-human heart ...

    2nd December 1804: Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022


    Napoleon's coronation as Emperor of the French was a lavish affair that referenced various elements of Carolingian tradition, the ancien régime, and the French ...

    30th November 1982: Michael Jackson releases Thriller, the best-selling album of all time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022


    Thriller was released just three weeks after mixing was finished and proved so popular that it was selling a million copies a week at its ...

    29th November 1781: The Zong Massacre sees crew of a slave ship throw at least 132 Africans slaves overboard in an attempt to cash in their insurance policy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022


    The ship's insurers refused to pay out for the deaths of the slaves and the ensuing court cases found that the killing of slaves was legal in some ...

    27th November 1095: Pope Urban II launches the First Crusade with a speech at the Council of Clermont

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022


    No accurate record exists of how many people responded to Pope Urban II's call, but estimates suggest anywhere between 60,000 and 100,000 people joined the First ...

    25th November 1936: Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2022


    Although directed against the Communist International, the organisation that sought to create a worldwide communist republic, the Anti-Comintern Pact was in reality against the Soviet ...

    24th November 1859: Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of Species, considered by many to be the foundation of evolutionary biology

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022


    Darwin's book presented evidence for the process of natural selection, and its publication sparked a seismic shift in the study of ...

    22nd November 1963: President John F. Kennedy fatally shot at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022


    When Kennedy's motorcade was barely five minutes away from its destination, gunshots rang out as it passed the Texas School Book ...

    20th November 1945: The first of the Nuremberg Trials begin in the aftermath of the Second World War

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022


    Organised by the Allies to bring senior Nazis to justice for their part in the war crimes committed by the regime, t first Nuremberg Trial lasted for almost a ...

    19th November 1863: Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Pennsylvania

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2022


    Opening with the famous line ‘Four score and seven years ago,' Lincoln made the 2-minute speech to an assembled crowd of approximately 15,000 people including six separate state ...

    17th November 1558: Elizabeth I succeeds her half-sister Mary to become Queen of England

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022


    Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and, despite being declared illegitimate following the annulment of her parents' marriage, came to the throne as the next in line behind her Catholic half-sister under the terms of the Third Act of ...

    14th November 1990: Margaret Thatcher's fifteen year leadership of the British Conservative Party challenged by Michael Heseltine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022


    Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom following the General Election of 1979 but by the late 1980s her popularity, along with that of her party, was ...

    13th November 1002: English King Æthelred the Unready ‘ordered slain all the Danish men who were in England' in what became known as the Saint Brice's Day Massacre

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022


    While it is believed that there was considerable loss of life, actual numbers of Danes who were killed in the St Brice's Day Massacre are ...

    10th November 1969: Sesame Street broadcast for the first time on American television

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022


    Sesame Street was first conceived in 1966 as a way to provide low-income, inner-city children with an educational foundation ready for when they began formal ...

    9th November 1918: Wilhelm II abdicates as Kaiser of Germany

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022


    Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as German Emperor and King of Prussia after the German Revolution took ...

    6th November 1975: The Sex Pistols play their first gig at St Martin's College of Art in London

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022


    The Sex Pistols supported pub rock band Bazooka Joe and played a few cover songs on equipment borrowed from the headliners, but the plug was pulled after twenty ...

    4th November 1979: Iran hostage crisis begins when Iranian students storm the American Embassy in Tehran

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022


    The students seized 66 hostages, 14 of whom were released before the end of the crisis. The other 52 hostages were held for 444 ...

    3rd November 1534: English Parliament passes the Act of Supremacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022


    The Parliament of England passed the First Act of Supremacy which made Henry VIII the head of the Church of ...

    1st November 1911: World's first aerial bombing by Italian Lieutenant Giulio Gavotti on Turkish troops in Libya

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022


    Although nobody was injured during Italy's attack, the Ottoman Empire complained that aerial bombing contravened the Hague ...

    31st October 1517: Martin Luther reputedly nails his Ninety-five Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, laying the foundations of the Protestant Reformation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022


    Martin Luther's particular concern was the Catholic church's practice of selling indulgences with a promise that a buyer's sins would be ...

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