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Where Our Power to Execute Our Natural Rights is Perfect, Government has No Legitimate Jurisdiction
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On this Day – 8th Nov

Event of Interest

1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Wilhelm RöntgenPhysicist and Nobel Laureate
Wilhelm Röntgen

Red October

Date taken: July 41917
Location: Petrograd (St. Petersburg), Russia

Photographer: Viktor Bulla
Source: Russian Archives (via Wikimedia Commons)

Historical Context

After the February Revolution in 1917 overthrew Russia’s centuries-old monarchy, the conflict between the Provisional Government led by Alexander Kerensky and the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin intensified around the country.

On 7 November (25 October in Old Style) Bolshevik forces under Lenin’s command seized government buildings in Petrograd (or St. Petersburg) and the following day the Winter Palace. This began the Soviet rise to power, and on 9 November the Bolsheviks proclaimed the creation of the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, the first socialist state so created.

The revolution did not end the struggles. Over the next 5 years the country descended into the chaos and anarchy of the Russian Civil War; the Soviets would triumph, leading to the creation of the Soviet Union in 1922.


Coup d’état

1923 Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party stage “Beer Hall Putsch” in Munich

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf HitlerDictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler
  • 1937 The Nazi exhibition Der ewige Jude (“The Eternal Jew”) opens in Munich.
  • 1939 Failed assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in Burgerbraukeller, Munich
  • 1940 RAF bombs Munich, Adolf Hitler promises “an attack on the capital of the Nazi movement would not go unpunished”
  • 1944 25,000 Hungarian Jews are loaned to Nazis for forced labour
  • 1944 Last German troops at Walcheren surrenders
  • 1945 Riverboat sinks off Hong Kong; kills 1,550
  • 1965 Vietnam War: US, Australian and New Zealand forces launch Operation Hump,
  • a search-and-destroy operation near Bien Hoa in South Vietnam
  • 1988 900 die as earthquake hits China
  • 1992 300,000 demonstrate against racism in Berlin
  • 2013 At least 6,000 people are killed after Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest storm recorded at landfall, makes landfall in the Philippines


Election of Interest

2016 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald TrumpPolitician and US First Lady Hillary ClintonPolitician and US First Lady
Hillary Clinton


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