This Week in History

Ben Riggleman


    • October 23, 1959 – “Weird Al” Yankovic and director Sam Raimi are born. (Raimi will create the Evil Dead series and direct the 2002-07 Spider-Man trilogy.)


  • October 24, 1973 – The nineteen-day Yom Kippur War ends with an Israeli victory. In this conflict, Egypt and Syria, supported by a number of other Arab nations and Cuba, briefly took back territory that had been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967.
  • October 25, 1983 – The United States invades the Caribbean island nation of Grenada in Operation Urgent Fury. The operation is ordered by President Ronald Reagan in response to a Grenadian coup. Its goal is to instate a stable, non-Communist government in Grenada. After less than a week of fighting, Urgent Fury is an American victory. However, the invasion receives widespread international criticism.
  • October 26, 1905 – Sweden recognizes Norway’s independence after the Norwegian people vote to secede in an August referendum. This peacefully ends an almost century-long period of union between the two nations.
  • October 27, 312 – Roman Emperor-to-be Constantine the Great is said to have experienced a vision of the Holy Cross before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. After winning this decisive engagement, he will take control of the western Roman empire and convert to Christianity. As Emperor, he will legalize and patronize the early Church.
  • October 28, 1965 – Pope Paul VI officially absolves the Jewish people of responsibility in the killing of Jesus Christ.
  • October 29, 1969 – The ARPANET program, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, links computers together together wirelessly for the first time. This paves the way for the modern Internet, which will emerge just over two decades later.



Source: Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia


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