Friday, November 3, 2017

A week of anniversaries

October 25, 1917
The Bolsheviks march their forces against the Kerensky government in Petrograd, Russia (current day St. Petersburg) signaling the start of the Russian Revolution. That was 100 years ago.

October 29, 1692
Judge Stephen Sewell declares that the courts of Oyer and Terminer are disbanded, indicating that there will be no more trials in Salem, Massachusetts for people considered to be witches. That was 325 years ago.

October 31, 1517
A German monk named Martin Luther tacks his 95 theses upon the church door in the small town of Wittenberg, and the Protestant Reformation is born. That was 500 years ago.

November 2, 1917
British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour writes to Lord Rothschild expressing that "His Majesty's Government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people." That was 100 years ago.