Today in History | Fall 2019

September 20, 1519
Around the world anyone? An expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, funded by Spain, sets off on the their effort to circumnavigate the globe. It was the first successful attempt, although Magellan was killed on route.

September 24, 1789
The U.S. Supreme Court is created by the passing of the Judiciary Act. It was originally only 6 people!

October 1, 1814
The Congress of Vienna opened, which redrew Europe’s political map after NapolĂ©on Bonaparte was defeated.

October 5, 1789
During the French Revolution, women of Paris marched to Versailles to confront Louis XVI about his refusal to put the decrees on the abolition of feudalism into effect; demand bread; and have the King and his court moved to Paris.

October 10, 1846
Neptune’s moon Triton discovered by William Lassell, just weeks after Neptune was discovered.

October 11, 1881
Roll film for cameras is a thing (or at least it was)! David Houston patented it.

October 19, 1781
U.S. Revolutionary War ends with General Charles Cornwallis signing terms of surrender to George Washington and comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown.

October 28, 1726
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift was published.

October 31, 1541
Michelangelo Buonarroti finished painting “The Last Judgement” in the Sistine Chapel.

November 5-6, 1500
Astronomer Copernicus observes a lunar eclipse in Rome.

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