History of the Week: Marines, Berlin Wall, Patton, Armistice Day, Bolshevik Revolution, Cortes, Dracula, Kristallnacht, Bonnie Prince Charlie, & More

As we celebrated Veterans’ Day and the Marine Corps birthday this week, it was a reminder of how important it is to recall and understand history, and also to appreciate the heroes of the past. Below are some of the important historical and cultural events that occurred this week.

November 6.

1494 – Muslim caliph Suleiman the Magnificent is born. He conquered huge swathes of land in North Africa, Asia, and Europe, though his advance into the latter was eventually halted by the Christians—the Holy Roman Empire and Polish King John Sobieski.

1860 – Abe Lincoln elected.

1917 – WWI Battle of Ypres ends.

November 7

1659 – The Franco-Spanish War ends with the signing of the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

1837 – “A pro-slavery mob attacked and killed American abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy at his printing works in Alton, Illinois.”

1867 – Scientist Marie Curie is born.

1917 – The Bolshevik Revolution, also called the October Revolution (it was October in the calendar the Russians used), under Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Russia.

November 8

391 – Roman Emperor Theodosius removesstate support from other religions except Christianity.

1519 – Spain’s Hernan Cortes and his men enter Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital. The Spanish would later conquer Tenochtitlan with the help of other local natives. The Aztecs were famous for sacrificing countless victims every year in human sacrifices to their demonic gods.

1745 – Catholic Stuart royal and claimant to the British throne “Bonnie Prince Charlie” and his Jacobite army enter England, aiming to restore the rightful line to the throne. They were eventually defeated and the Dutch usurpers to the British monarchy continued to maintain power.

1847 – Bram Stoker, author of the magnificent and iconic horror novel Dracula, is born in Ireland.

1923 – Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch.

November 9

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte seizes poweras First Consul of France in the “Coup of 18 Brumaire.”

1922 – German Albert Einstein wins the Nobel Prize in Physics for “his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”

1938 – Kristallnacht (“Crystal Night” or “Night of Broken Glass”) happened on Nov. 9 and 10 in Nazi Germany. The rioting Nazis “torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and murdered close to 100 Jews.”

1989 – The Berlin Wall, dividing Soviet-controlled East Germany from democratic West Germany, was opened up—and then torn down by jubilant Germans.

November 10

1775 – In Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, the Marines—now the U.S. Marine Corps—came into being. Read my previous Untold Stories article for more details on Marine heroes.

1928 – Japanese Emperor Hirohito is crowned. Hirohito ruled during WWII and oversaw the massacre of up to 10 million victims by the Japanese military.

November 11

1620 – The historic Mayflower Compact is signed. Following arguments between the Pilgrims and non-Pilgrim voyagers to the New World on the Mayflower ship, the compact was drawn up, affirming self-governance, religious practice of Christianity, and mutual cooperation. It laid the foundations of self-governance in what would become America.

1744 – Abigail Adams, later the second U.S. First Lady, is born.

1821 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky is born.

1885 – Gen. George Patton is born in California.  According to the Museum of the American G.I., “he is recognized as the greatest battlefield commander and well-known American general from the modern war era.” Patton was the greatest Allied general of WWII.

1918 – “At 5 a.m., in Marshal Foch’s railway car in the Forest of Compiegne, the Armistice between the Allied and Central Powers was signed, silencing the guns of World War I effective at 11 a.m.“

November 12

763 – Reported date of the 15-day Tibetan military occupation of Chinese capital Chang’an.

1866 – Sun Yat-Sen, later the first president of the Republic of China, is born.

1942 – The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal between Americans and Japanese begins during WWII at the Solomon Islands.

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Catherine Salgado is a columnist for The Rogue Review, a Writer for MRC Free Speech America, and writes her own Substack, Pro Deo et Libertate. She received the Andrew Breitbart MVP award for August 2021 from The Rogue Review for her journalism.

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