Category Archives: This Day in History

This Day in History: November 3rd- Annie Oakley and Her Guns


This Day In History: November 3, 1926 On November 3, 1926, legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley died of natural causes in Greenville Ohio. To escape her poverty-stricken childhood, she capitalized on her extraordinary marksmanship and later joined Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Annie was the first female superstar in the once male-dominated profession. Phoebe Ann Moses, who later changed her […]

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This Day in History: October 31st- Galileo and Why He was Convicted of Heresy


This Day In History October 31, 1992 On October 31, 1992, the Roman Catholic Church admitted it had been wrong to condemn Galileo Galilei for promoting the Copernican astronomical theory. After a 13 year investigation into the persecution of Galileo that led to his official condemnation in 1633, Pope John Paul II rectified a wrong that forced the Italian astronomer […]

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This Day in History: October 28th- Desiderius Erasmus, the Lutherans, and the Catholics


This Day In History: October 28, 1466 “When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.” – Erasmus Born the illegitimate son of a priest and a physician’s daughter, Desiderius Erasmus entered the world on October 28, 1466 in Rotterdam. He was the most influential and well-known humanist of the […]

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This Day in History: October 22nd- The Man Who Refused a Nobel Prize


This Day In History: October 22, 1964 On October 22, 1964, existentialist author Jean Paul Sartre was awarded the prestigious Nobel Prize for literature, which he chose to decline. His refusal was not an impulsive decision, but rather one based on longstanding personal and objective considerations. Sartre had also turned down the French Legion of Honor, as well as other […]

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This Day in History: October 16th- Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde


This Day In History: October 16, 1854 The world became a more colorful and interesting place on October 16, 1854 when Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. (Later in life he dropped “Fingal O’Flahertie Wills”, explaining his name was far too long for a person who would be as famous as he.) During his childhood, Oscar […]

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This Day in History: October 10th- The Battle That Shaped History


This Day In History: October 10, 732 C.E. The Battles of Tours was not a war of nations, but rather a battle of civilizations between Islam and Christian Europe. The Muslims had been conquering the remains of the Roman and Persian empires and were heading toward modern day France to continue their expansion. The Frankish King Charles (“The Hammer”) Martel […]

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This Day in History: October 9th- The Banishing of Roger Williams


This Day In History: October 9, 1635 On October 9, 1635, a Puritan minister named Roger Williams, who had fled England in 1630 with the hope of escaping religious persecution, was banished from Massachusetts because of the same sort of intolerance he had faced back home. His crime? Advocating complete religious tolerance and speaking out against the confiscation of Native […]

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