On This Day in History for October 31

Events in History

  • 445 BC Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites in Jerusalem (see Nehemiah 9:1, NLTse).
  • 802 Empress Irene of Byzantium driven out
  • 1517 Martin Luther sends his 95 Theses to Albrecht von Brandenburg, the Archbishop of Mainz, precipitating The Protestant Reformation
  • 1541 Michelangelo Buonarroti finishes painting "The Last Judgement" in the Sistine Chapel, Vatican City
  • 1552 Emperor Karel & Markgraaf Albecht strike siege of Metz
  • 1587 Leiden University Library opens its doors after its founding in 1575
  • 1596 English, French & Dutch delegates sign anti-Spanish "Triple Covenant"
  • 1617 Laurens Reael resigns as governor-general of Dutch East Indies
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Weddings in History

  • 1396 Richard II of England (31) marries Isabella of Valois (6) in a dynastic marriage
  • 1791 King Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (18) marries Frederica of Baden (16) at Drottningholm Palace for the second time (1st by proxy) (divorced 1812)
  • 1913 Historian and philosopher Will Durant (27) weds researcher Ariel Kaufman (15) at New York's City Hall

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