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Dates That Changed the Western World: 1941 and Pearl Harbor

The surprise pre-emptive air attack by the Japanese on the American Pacific Fleet in their base at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, on December 7th 1941 had momentous consequences. In a day which President Franklin Roosevelt said would […]

  American 16 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1917 and the Russian Revolution

The Bolshevik Revolution of 25 October 1917 had a profound impact not only on the Western world but also on the global history of the twentieth century. During the Soviet period, the revolution was celebrated on 7 November […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 14 February 2015  

Dates That Changed the Western World: 1914 and WWI

28 July 1914. Now there’s a date that changed the world! Or was that 11 November 1918? I guess it is the whole four years, isn’t it really? And the impact is so obvious that I’m not even […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 13 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1859 and On The Origin of the Species

Can a single book change the world? In 1859, Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of the Species became an instant bestseller – and swiftly took its place as the lightning rod for controversy it has been ever since. […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 12 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1776 and American Independence

On 4th of July 1776 the Declaration of Independence, a document drafted by Thomas Jefferson and other ‘framers,’ declared that the 13 former British colonies now formed the first independent nation of the Western world. Alongside the Constitution, […]

  American 11 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1707 and the Act of Union

Oh dear; dates are funny things aren’t they – as this series has already demonstrated. Just when you think that you have hit on a genuine ‘game-changer’ then you are forced to think again. And so it is […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 10 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1688 and the ‘Glorious Revolution’

1688 is not the most visible of British constitutional landmarks. Especially in this 800th anniversary year, 1215 often gets more love, and Magna Carta is more often enthused about by politicians and historians alike than the Glorious Revolution. […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 9 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1517 and the Protestant Reformation

In 1517, the Augustinian monk Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. At least, that’s the story: in truth, this is probably a legend put around after the event, and the list of […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 8 February 2015  

Dates That Changed The Western World: 1492 and ‘The Age of Discovery’

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. So goes the rhyme that many schoolchildren still learn in order to remember the date which has come to be thought of as the moment Europe ‘discovered’ North America. In truth, this is […]

  Dates That Changed the Western World 6 February 2015