Browsing: October

A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on October 31st.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper By statute enacted on October 31, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson was authorized to take possession of various territories ceded by France to the United States of America in what is known as the Louisiana Purchase. On October 31, 1864, the people of the United States got a big  treat in their Halloween basket, the newly minted State of Nevada, the 36th state…

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A Brief History Hello, everyone!  I am Dr. Zar of History and Headlines and today, October 31, 2023, I wish all of you a Happy Halloween! Digging Deeper As a suggestion for something to watch on this Halloween, I recommend Our Paranormal Podcast #146, co-hosted by a former student of mine, Bryan Mersol.  You can learn about paranormal investigating in the United States as some members of Your Paranormal describe their journeys to allegedly haunted locations all the way from Ohio to Nevada and back again.  And yes, they also give me a shout out in the video, so it…

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A Brief History On October 31, 1973, three Provisional Irish Republican Army members held prisoner in Dublin, Ireland were busted out of prison in a manner befitting an action movie! Digging Deeper The Provisional IRA was a group attempting to force a unification of Northern Ireland with the rest of the island, using violence as a main method of “persuasion.” The prisoners had been convicted and sentenced to prison for “offences against the state.” An aborted plan to break out the prisoners by blowing a hole in the prison wall was replaced by an even more spectacular plan of using…

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A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on October 30th.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On October 30, 1501, the long history of sordid affairs involving popes and goings on in the Vatican reached a bizarre new level when Cesare Borgia, a cardinal in the Catholic Church and son of Pope Alexander VI, hosted “The Ballet of Chestnuts” at his father’s residence, the Papal Palace. On October 30, 1806, 5,300 Prussian soldiers defending the city of Stettin surrendered to only 800…

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A Brief History On October 30, 1961, former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin suffered the indignity of having his body removed from a place of honor in Lenin’s Tomb and parked in a regular grave with a plain granite marker.  Stalin’s body suffered only a minor indignity compared to some other former national leaders, and here we discuss a few of those. Digging Deeper Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of Britain, was dug up in 1661, three years after his death to be tried and “executed,” including beheading. Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French, died in exile in 1821, and someone removed…

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