Some creepy real events that actually happened on Halloween

For some of us, October 31st is the most fun day of the year. And, for others, it’s the spookiest. Bad things always happen on Halloween, in a variety of horror movies, but that’s just movie magic, you think, because Halloween is actually just like any other day. And, most of the time, that’s true, but not in these cases. Famed magician Harry Houdini claimed he could take a blow to the abdomen without being taken down. It was October 22, 1926, when a student at McGill University asked if…

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#TodayInHistory – October 31

October 31 – Some important events on this day. 1517 👉🏼 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating The Protestant Reformation 1541 👉🏼 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City. 1756 👉🏼 Giacomo Casanova escapes from prison in Venice by climbing onto the roof. Giacomo Casanova is remembered for his love affairs and, in popular culture, his name is now synonymous with “womanizer”. However Casanova was the epitome of the eighteenth century gentleman, learned, adventurous and…

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12 Ways Halloween is celebrated around the globe

In America, people associate Halloween with pumpkins, costumes, candy, and spooky stories or ghosts but, around the world, it could be a little different. The holiday might look slightly different this year since we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, but we can reminisce on years past. If most places in the U.S. celebrate Halloween in much the same way, one city that stands apart is New Orleans. This town loves both to party and voodoo, so one can find things here they couldn’t anywhere else, from…

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#TodayInHistory – October 30

October 30 – Some important events on this day. 1270 👉🏼 The Eighth Crusade and siege of Tunis ended by agreement between Charles I of Sicily (brother to King Louis IX of France, who had died months earlier) and the sultan of Tunis. 1340 👉🏼 Battle of Rio Salado (or Tarifa): King Afonso IV of Portugal and King Alfonso XI of Castile defeat Sultan Abu al-Hasan ‘Ali of Morocco and Yusuf I of Granada, last Marīnids invasion of Iberian Peninsula 1784 👉🏼 Napoléon Bonaparte admitted to the elite École Militaire…

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#TodayInHistory – October 29

October 29 – Some important events on this day. 539 BC 👉🏼 King Cyrus “the Great” of Persia marches into Babylon, freeing Jewish captives and allowing them to return home 1268 👉🏼 Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the German Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed with Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily 1390 👉🏼 First trial for witchcraft in Paris. 1618 👉🏼 English adventurer, writer and courtier Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England…

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The curious history behind some popular Halloween traditions

Now a night of frolic especially for children in America but now also all over the world, this autumn holiday is actually a mix of old rituals remembering the dead and celebrating the spirit world. You may have found yourself wondering what is the history of Halloween, and why we celebrate it. Well, although it’s a secular holiday today, the history of Halloween has roots in ancient religious and spiritual traditions that have evolved over time. The original Halloween, dating back to ancient times, was a pagan celebration called Samhain.…

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#TodayInHistory – October 28

October 28 – Some important events on this day. 1492 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus sights Cuba and claims it for Spain under the name “Juana” 1538 👉🏼 The first university in the New World, the Universidad Santo Tomás de Aquino, is established on Hispaniola 1746 👉🏼 Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao demolished by earthquake, 18,000 die 1831 👉🏼 Michael Faraday demonstrates his dynamo invention, an electrical generator 1886 👉🏼 Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City 1904…

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Vintage photographs from a 1930s Halloween

By now we know that Halloween is a festival with ancient origins that is celebrated on October 31st. Traditionally linked to the Anglo-Saxon world, westernization and globalization have now led it to become the cultural heritage of all. The genesis of the festival is controversial, but it is probably common to Celtic and Roman festivals, in that mix of celebrations that coincided with Samhain, the Celtic New Year, and the Latin festivals dedicated to Pomona and the celebration of the departed, the Parentalia. Here are some 1930s photographs, with costumes,…

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#TodayInHistory – October 27

October 27 – Some important events on this day. 312 👉🏼 Roman Emperor Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. Constantine the Great’s rule over the Roman Empire was impactful for many reasons, one of the most famous being his conversion to Christianity and promotion of the religion during his lifetime. His conversion to Christianity on his deathbed was preceded by the Edict of Milan in 313 which declared tolerance for the Christian faith across the Roman Empire. He also played an influential…

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Some Halloween urban legends that refuse to die

We’ve all heard the scary stories. And Halloween would be nothing without the tricks and, above all, wouldn’t be fun without a scare or two. That’s the allure of the terrifying tales that circulate around this beloved holiday and have taken on legendary status. In any case, some of the 175 million Americans who celebrate this spooky holiday do take the Halloween pranks too far. Here’s the truth behind some popular Halloween-based urban legends…. Really a lunatic has hidden razor blades in apples? 🍎😱 Probably you heard this story when…

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#TodayInHistory – October 26

October 26 – Some important events on this day. 740 👉🏼 An earthquake strikes Constantinople, causing damage to city walls and buildings 1366 👉🏼 Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth 1850 👉🏼 Robert McClure sights the fabled Northwest Passage for the first time (from Banks Island towards Melville Island) 1861 👉🏼 Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months 1863 👉🏼 International conference begins in Geneva aimed at improving medical conditions on battlefields – beginning of the Red Cross. 1881 👉🏼 Gunfight at the OK Corral:…

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#TodayInHistory – October 25

October 25 – Some important events on this day. 1415 👉🏼 Battle of Agincourt: Henry V’s forces defeat larger French army and the longbow defeats the armoured knight 1616 👉🏼 Dutch East India Company ship “The Eendracht” discovers Dirk-Hartog Island, Australia. Dirk Hartog’s voyage in 1616 was the first recorded European discovery of Australia. Hartog and his crew aboard the Dutch East Indies Company ship Eendracht made their discovery accidentally, landing on the west coast of Australia on what is now called Dirk Hartog Island in Shark Bay. To make…

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#TodayInHistory – October 24

October 24 – Some important events on this day. 1260 👉🏼 Qutuz, Mamluk Sultans of Egypt (1259-60), is assassinated by Baibars, a fellow Mamluk leader, who seizes power for himself 1260 👉🏼 The spectacular Cathedral of Chartres is dedicated in the presence of King Louis IX of France. Now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 1360 👉🏼 The Treaty of Brétigny is ratified at Calais, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War. 1492 👉🏼 24 Jews are burned at the stake in Mecklenburg, Germany…

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#TodayInHistory – October 23

October 23 – Some important events on this day. 4004 BC 👉🏼 Archbishop James Ussher, Primate of All Ireland, announced in 1650 that the universe had been created at 8pm on 23 October 4004 BC. It was a claim famously put to the test in the Scopes “Monkey Trial” of 1925 when American teacher John Scopes was accused of violating Tennessee state law by teaching evolution instead of the divine creation of man. Top lawyer Clarence Darrow appeared for the defence while former presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan led the…

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#TodayInHistory – October 22

October 22 – Some important events on this day. 362 👉🏼 The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire 1633 👉🏼 Battle of Liaoluo Bay: Dutch East India Company defeated by Chinese Ming naval forces in southern Fujian sea 1721 👉🏼 Tsar Peter the Great becomes “All-Russian Imperator” 1797 👉🏼 First parachute jump is made over Paris. André-Jacques Garnerin made the first documented parachute jump on this day, landing safely after exiting a balloon 3,200ft above a park in Paris. It is said…

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The tragedy of Aberfan: what happened that fateful October 21, 1966

A terrible tragedy known across the world by the name of the South Wales village where it happened, Aberfan, occurred on this day, October 21, 1966, when millions of cubic metres of excavated mining debris came thundering down a hillside, engulfing a farm, several houses, and also Pantglas Junior school, where 116 children died. In those days big lump coal was required for domestic heating so waste and fine particles left after the washing process, was loaded onto rail trams and dumped. Every mining community had its tips, and the…

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#TodayInHistory – October 21

October 21 – Some important events on this day. 335 👉🏼 Roman Emperor Constantine the Great rules that Jews are not allowed to purchase and circumcise Christian slaves 1520 👉🏼 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean 1805 👉🏼 Battle of Trafalgar: British Admiral Horatio Nelson defeats combined French and Spanish fleet. Nelson shot and killed during battle. 1854 👉🏼 Florence Nightingale with a staff of 38 nurses is sent to the Crimean War 1858 👉🏼 Jacques…

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#TodayInHistory – October 20

October 20 – Some important events on this day. 1097 👉🏼 1st Crusaders arrive in Antioch during the First Crusade 1603 👉🏼 Chinese uprising in the Philippines fails after 23,000 killed 1803 👉🏼 US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase 1817 👉🏼 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage 1827 👉🏼 Battle at Navarino: Engl/Russ/French fleet beat Turk/Egyptian fleet 1864 👉🏼 US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday 1918 👉🏼 In order to secure a WWI armistice, Germany agrees to further concessions. At the eleventh hour…

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#TodayInHistory – October 19

October 19 – Some important events on this day. 202 BC 👉🏼 Battle of Zama: Hannibal Barca and the Carthaginian army are defeated by Roman legions under Scipio Africanus, ending 2nd Punic War 1216 👉🏼 King John of England dies at Newark-on-Trent and is succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry 1722 👉🏼 Frenchman C Hopffer patents the fire extinguisher 1781 👉🏼 British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and Comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm, ending the US Revolutionary War. When the…

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#TodayInHistory – October 18

October 18 – Some important events on this day. 1009 👉🏼 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church’s foundations down to bedrock 1356 👉🏼 Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys Basel in Switzerland. 1685 👉🏼 French King Louis XIV revokes Edict of Nantes cancelling rights of French Protestants 1776 👉🏼 In a bar decorated with bird tail in Elmsford, New York, a customer requests a glassful of “those cock…

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#TodayInHistory – October 17

October 17 – Some important events on this day. 733 👉🏼 Battle at Tours (Poitiers): Charles Martel’s Frankish and Burgundian forces beat those of al-Andalus under Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi halting Islamic influence (date disputed) 1346 👉🏼 Battle of Neville’s Cross: King David II of Scotland is captured by Edward III of England at Calais, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years 1456 👉🏼 The University of Greifswald is established, making it the second oldest university in northern continental Europe (also for a period the oldest in…

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#TodayInHistory – October 16

October 16 – Some important events on this day. 1384 👉🏼 Jadwiga is crowned King of Poland, despite being a woman 1793 👉🏼 Nine months after the execution of her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, Marie Antoinette follows him to the guillotine. 1813 👉🏼 Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon’s forces defeated by Prussia, Austria and Russia 1829 👉🏼 Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 1847 👉🏼 Charlotte Brontë’s book “Jane Eyre” published 1867 👉🏼 Alaska adopts Gregorian calendar, crosses…

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#TodayInHistory – October 15

October 15 – Some important events on this day. 533 👉🏼 Byzantine General Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals 1581 👉🏼 Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet “Ballet Comique de la Reine” is staged in Paris 1582 👉🏼 Gregorian calendar introduced in Spain, Portugal and pontifical states, after skipping 10 days after Oct 4 to sync the calendar. ✔️READ THE ARTICLE! 1815 👉🏼 Napoleon Bonaparte arrives on island of St Helena to begin his exile 1833 👉🏼 Barra Head lighthouse, in…

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The sad history of London’s Speakers’ Corner

Free speech laws in United Kingdom include some notorious exceptions: Saying anything to incite religious and racial hatred, threaten the monarchy, or endorse terrorism may be considered unlawful. But there is one place in all of London where, informally, these restrictive speech laws don’t apply. Political monologues, religious oration and fiery debates can be found here every Sunday morning of the year, although there are sharp peaks in attendance surrounding political events such as the recent Brexit vote. On this day, October 14, 1855, a carpenter mounted his soapbox complaining…

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#TodayInHistory – October 14

October 14 – Some important events on this day. 1066 👉🏼 Battle of Hastings: William the Conqueror and his Norman army defeat the English forces of Harold II who is killed in the battle. In 1066 the course of British history changed forever when William, the Duke of Normandy, landed on the southern coast of England and seized the country from its Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson. The French had a long history of claims in England, and in 1002 the English king Aethelred the Unready married the sister of Richard…

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#TodayInHistory – October 13

October 13 – Some important events on this day. 54 👉🏼 Nero succeeds Claudius as Roman Emperor 1307 👉🏼 French King Philip IV has Grand Master Jacques de Molay and Knights Templar arrested and charged of idolatry and corruption 1660 👉🏼 Absolute monarchy instituted by decree in Denmark by King Frederik III 1792 👉🏼 “Old Farmer’s Almanac” is 1st published and edited by Robert Thomas 1884 👉🏼 Greenwich in London established as the universal time meridian of longitude 1941 👉🏼 Nazis kill 11,000 Jewish children and old people 1943 👉🏼…

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#TodayInHistory – October 12

October 12 – Some important events on this day. 539 BC 👉🏼 The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon 1160 👉🏼 Maurice de Sully is elected bishop of Paris, will initiate plan to build Notre Dame 1216 👉🏼 King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash as the flood tide swamps his wagons, probably near Fosdyke, perhaps near Sutton Bridge 1279 👉🏼 Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk, founder of Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon 1492 👉🏼 Christopher Columbus’s expedition makes landfall on a Caribbean…

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Edith Cavell: the heroine nurse of England

Every year, two chosen nurses lay a wreath on the statue of such as Edith Cavell near Trafalgar Square in central London. Meanwhile, some 320 km north-east of the capital, a memorial service is held in the church at the rural village of Swardestone, where she was born. Edith was a nurse working in occupied Belgium during the First World War and was executed by a German firing squad on this day, October 12, 1915 , for helping about 200 British and French soldiers to escape the country. She was…

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#TodayInHistory – October 11

October 11 – Some important events on this day. 1138 👉🏼 Earthquake in Aleppo, Syria, kills an estimated 230,000 1634 👉🏼 Burchardi flood – “the second Grote Mandrenke” kills about 15,000 in North Friesland, Denmark and Germany 1737 👉🏼 Earthquake kills 300,000 and destroys half of Calcutta, India 1746 👉🏼 Battle of Rocoux: French defeat British, Austrian and Dutch armies 1797 👉🏼 Battle of Camperdown (Kamperduin): British navy defeats Dutch fleet 1811 👉🏼 The Juliana, 1st steam-powered ferryboat, begins operation 1852 👉🏼 The University of Sydney, Australia’s oldest university, is…

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#TodayInHistory – October 10

October 10 – Some important events on this day. 354 👉🏼 Roman Emperor Constantius gives grand circus and theater shows to mark 30th year of his reign as Caesar in Arles 680 👉🏼 Al-Hussein and his followers killed at Karbala by army of Yazid, the Umayyad caliph, on the way to Kufa 1780 👉🏼 Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Caribbean, hitting Barbados first. Atlantic’s deadliest recorded hurricane. 1871 👉🏼 The Great Chicago Fire, started on October 8, is finally extinguished after 3 days, leaving approximately…

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