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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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    26th October 1860: Garibaldi hands control of southern Italy to Victor Emmanuel II

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021

    Giuseppe Garibaldi met with Victor Emmanuel II, the King of Sardinia, at Teano and handed him control of southern ...

    24th October 1929: Black Thursday marks the start of the Wall Street Crash

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    Although the scale of panic selling did slow down, the market continued its downward trajectory for over 2 ...

    23rd October 1739: The War of Jenkins' Ear begins when England declare war on Spain

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    The writer Thomas Carlyle is credited with giving the conflict its name in his 1858 biography of the Prussian King Friedrich ...


    22nd October 1797: The first high altitude parachute descent

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021

    Frenchman André-Jacques Garnerin performed the first high-altitude parachute ...

    21st October 1805: The Battle of Trafalgar sees the British Navy under the command of Nelson defeat the combined fleets of France and Spain

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021

    The Battle of Trafalgar secured British supremacy of the seas and saw the victorious fleet sail away without having lost a single ...

    20th October 1740: Maria Theresa inherits the Austrian throne, prompting the War of the Austrian Succession

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    Maria Theresa inherited the Austrian throne, prompting the War of the Austrian ...

    19th October 1935: League of Nations imposes sanctions on Italy for the invasion of Abyssinia

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    When Abyssinia was finally captured on 5 May, all the sanctions were ...

    18th October 1565: European and Japanese naval forces fight for the first time

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    European and Japanese naval forces fought for the first time at the Battle of Fukuda ...

    16th October 1793: Marie Antoinette executed by guillotine in the Place de la Revolution in Paris

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    Having been found guilty of treason, she was instead sentenced to death and transported to the guillotine in an open ...

    15th October 1923: Rentenmark introduced in Weimar Germany in an attempt to stop the hyperinflation crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021

    The new currency was backed by land that was used by businesses and agriculture, and was introduced at the rate of one Rentenmark to one trillion ...

    14th October 1066: The Battle of Hastings fought between Duke William II of Normandy and the Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021

    Harold was killed on the battlefield and, although his exact cause of death isn't known, it signalled the collapse of the ...

    13th October 1792: Cornerstone of the White House laid in Washington, D.C.

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    The White House was built as part of the development of the Federal City – a national capital founded under the terms of the 1790 Residence ...

    12th October 1915: British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021

    British nurse Edith Cavell was executed by a German firing squad during the First World ...

    11th October 1975: Saturday Night Live is broadcast for the first time

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021

    Saturday Night Live was originally known as NBC's Saturday Night to avoid any confusion with the ABC show Saturday Night Live with Howard ...

    10th October 1903: Foundation of Women's Social & Political Union, known as the Suffragettes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021

    Frustrated by the lack of progress made by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies from whom the group had split, the WSPU soon became known for its militant and sometimes violent actions under the motto ‘Deeds, not ...

    9th October 1410: The Prague Astronomical Clock first noted in a medieval document

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021

    Known as the Orloj, the astronomical clock was designed and built by the Imperial clockmaker Mikuláš of Kadaň and Charles University professor Jan ...

    8th October 1480: The Great Stand on the Ugra River by Ivan III

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    The Great Stand on the Ugra River marked the start of the decline of the Great ...

    7th October 1949: The creation of East Germany, formally known as the German Democratic Republic

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021

    The establishment of the GDR ensured that the division of Germany that had been implemented in 1945 was made ...

    6th October 1981: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat assassinated by terrorists

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    On the 6th October 1981 Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, a terrorist group that was enraged by the peace treaty he had negotiated with ...

    5th October 1962: James Bond and The Beatles each make their debut with Dr. No and Love Me Do

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021

    Two cultural icons made their first appearance when Dr No, the first of the James Bond series of films, hit cinema screens on the same day as the Beatles released their debut single ‘Love Me ...

    4th October 1936: The Battle of Cable Street took place in London's East End

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    The Battle of Cable Street saw demonstrators block a march by Oswald Mosley's British Union of ...

    3rd October 1990: East and West Germany reunified when the German Democratic Republic joins with the Federal Republic of Germany

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021

    At midnight on 3 October the black, red and gold flag of West Germany was raised above the Brandenburg Gate which had previously divided the two ...

    2nd October 1187: Saladin captures Jerusalem from the Crusaders after a lengthy siege

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    In return for the crusaders' unconditional surrender, Saladin agreed that anyone who paid a ransom would be able to leave the city in ...

    1st October 1928: The USSR introduces the first five-year plan under Joseph Stalin

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    Although the targets were constantly revised to the point where they could never be achieved, the first five-year plan firmly set the USSR on the road to becoming a world ...


    30th September 737: Umayyad Caliphate defeated in the Battle of the Baggage

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    The Battle of the Baggage saw the defeat of an army from the powerful Umayyad Caliphate by Turgesh ...

    29th September 1789: Congress formally establishes the United States Army on the final day of its first session

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021


    President George Washington wrote to Congress, stating that the military was something on which the “honor, safety and well being of our Country so evidently and essentially ...


    28th September 1066: William of Normandy lands in England

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    William, duke of Normandy, landed in England to begin the Norman ...

    27th September 1590: Pope Urban VII dies, ending the the shortest papal reign in history

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021

    The shortest papacy in history ended after just twelve days following the death of Pope Urban VII, shortly after he introduced Europe's first smoking ...

    26th September 1923: Gustav Stresemann of Germany ends passive resistance in the Ruhr

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    Despite the anger from some Germans, Stresemann's actions laid the foundation for the economic recovery that Germany experienced up until the onset of the Great ...

    25th September 1956: Inauguration TAT-1, the first transatlantic telephone cable

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021

    Known as Transatlantic No. 1 or TAT-1, the £120 million system actually consisted of two identical cables to allow transmission in each ...

    24th September 1946: ‘Containment' first suggested to President Truman in a report by Clark Clifford and George Elsey

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021

    Truman later ordered all copies to be brought to him and locked away since the content was a serious threat to US-Soviet ...

    23rd September 1974: BBC launches Ceefax, the world's first teletext service

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021

    Teletext was the dominant medium for accessing breaking news until the arrival of the World Wide ...

    22nd September 1980: Start of the Iran-Iraq War that lasted on for nearly eight years

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021

    The war persisted for nearly eight long and bloody years, leading to the deaths of an estimated half a million soldiers and the same number of ...

    21st September 1915: Cecil Chubb, Stonehenge's last private owner, wins it at auction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021

    Cecil Chubb became the last private owner of Stonehenge, having bought the Neolithic monument at ...

    20th September 1835: The start of the Ragamuffin War

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021

    The Ragamuffin War began when Brazilian rebels in the southern province of Rio Grande do Sul captured Porto ...

    19th September 1879: The Blackpool Illuminations turned on for the first time

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021

    The Illuminations at the British seaside resort of Blackpool were turned on for the first ...

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    18th September 1931: The Manchurian Crisis begins after Japanese forces bomb the South Manchuria Railway

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021

    The Chinese government appealed to the League of Nations for assistance, and the League promptly passed a resolution calling for the withdrawal of Japanese ...

    17th September 1859: Joshua Norton declares himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021

    The San Francisco Bulletin printed his decree in full, sparking media interest that led to him becoming a celebrity in the ...

    16th September 1955: Uprising that topples Juan Perón from power in Argentina begins

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021

    The Revolución Libertadora began in Argentina, resulting in the end of Juan Perón's second term as ...

    15th September 1935: Nazi Germany introduces the discriminatory ‘Nuremberg Laws'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021

    The Nuremberg Laws enshrined anti-semitic discrimination in the legal framework of the country through two pieces of ...

    14th September 1814: USA's national anthem lyrics written as the poem “Defence of Fort M'Henry”

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021

    On the 14th September 1814, the poem that was to provide the lyrics for the United States' national anthem was written by 35 year-old Francis Scott ...

    13th September 1985: Super Mario Bros. video game first released in Japan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021

    Originally only available for the Japanese Family Computer, it took nearly another two years for the game to be available ...

    12th September 1977: Steve Biko dies of injuries sustained in police custody

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021

    South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko died in Pretoria prison from injuries inflicted while in police ...

    11th September 1789: Alexander Hamilton appointed US Secretary of the Treasury

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021


    Alexander Hamilton was made the first United States Secretary of the Treasury by President George ...


    10th September 1989: Hungary allows East Germans to cross the border into Austria

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021

    Hungary had been inundated with East Germans since the government began removing the border fence in ...

    9th September 1956: Elvis Presley makes his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021


    Elvis Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, the USA's most popular television show, for the first ...


    8th September 1941: Start of the Siege of Leningrad

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021

    The Siege of Leningrad, one of the longest and most destructive sieges in history, ...

    7th September 1497: Perkin Warbeck claims he is English King Richard IV during the Second Cornish Uprising

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021

    Warbeck had convinced his followers that he was Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the two ‘Princes in the ...

    6th September 1522: Victoria becomes the first ship to circumnavigate the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021

    The ship Victoria returned to Spain as the only survivor of Ferdinand Magellan's fleet that circumnavigated the ...

    5th September 1793: The Reign of Terror begins in France

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021

    The Reign of Terror began in France when Bertrand Barère, a member of the Committee of Public Safety, made a speech in favour of it that ended with the exclamation, “Let's make terror the order of the ...

    4th September 1957: Nine Black students denied entry to Little Rock High School in Arkansas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021

    The Little Rock Crisis gained national attention, and was only resolved when President ...

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