January 25 1971 – Charles Manson and His Followers are Convicted of Murder

January 25 1971 – Charles Manson and His Followers are Convicted of Murder5 (100%) 1 vote Ten days after beginning deliberation in the most expensive murder trial in American history up to that point, jurors in the case of The State of California v. Charles Manson returned a guilty verdict on January 25, 1971. The decision against those who participated in the horrifying killings of seven Los Angeles residents would be splashed across newspapers all over the globe. Released from prison in 1967, Manson moved from southern California to the San Francisco Bay area to remake himself in a new image. Diagnosed as hostile to any sort of social norms, […]

January 26 1950 – India becomes a Democratic Republic

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January 26 1950 – India becomes a Democratic RepublicRate this post On January 26, 1950, India adopted a new constitution, emerging from over a century of British rule, and became the Republic of India – the world’s most populous democratic nation. With the disintegration of the Mughal Empire in India, countries like France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain were drawn to the nation as a lucrative trading destination. The allure of spices, gold, and jewels gave way to colonization and by the mid-18th century, most of India had been annexed as part of the British Empire. India became a much coveted province of the British monarchy. Though the British faced […]

January 27 1142 – Fabled General Yue Fei is Wrongfully Executed

January 27 1142 – Fabled General Yue Fei is Wrongfully ExecutedRate this post Long a defender of the Southern Song Dynasty, the loyal — and frequently successful — General Yue Fei met an untimely end at the age of 39 when his government executed him for treason on January 27, 1142. Plotted against by members of the royal court campaigning behind his back for a surrender to the Jin Dynasty of the north, Yue has gone on to serve as an example of intense devotion for generations of Chinese. According to the most reliable sources, Yue’s life began in Anyang prefecture on a farm. Now the stuff of legend, he […]

January 30 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi is Assassinated in New Delhi

January 30 1948 – Mahatma Gandhi is Assassinated in New Delhi3 (60%) 1 vote Mahatma Gandhi, walking through the garden of Birla House in New Delhi with his arms around two of his granddaughters, felt as if the evening of January 30, 1948 would be just like most others. On his way to the evening prayer meeting, however, a young man emerged from the adoring crowd and shot him three times, assassinating one of the most beloved figures the world has ever known. From a very early age, Gandhi’s mother impressed the values of Jainism upon him. Built upon personal responsibility for salvation and a commitment to non-violence, it is […]

January 30 1649 – King Charles I of England is executed

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January 30 1649 – King Charles I of England is executedRate this post On January 30, 1649, Stuart King Charles I was convicted of high treason and executed following the Second Civil War of England. The trial and execution of Charles I became a central episode in the history of Stuart England. Charles I (born in November 1600) became the monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland on March 27, 1625. His father, King James VI, was the monarch of Scotland but inherited the throne of England. In 1612, when his elder brother died Charles I became heir apparent. Following an unsuccessful attempt at marrying a Spanish Habsburg princess, Charles assumed […]

February 4 1945 – Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin Gather for the Yalta Conference

February 4 1945 – Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin Gather for the Yalta ConferenceRate this post With the German Army on the run after the Battle of the Bulge, leaders of the Allied Powers met at Yalta on the coast of the Black Sea to lay out a plan for post-war Europe on February 4, 1945. As British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin sat down at the Livadia Palace in the Crimea, the course to victory in Europe and Asia — and, in many ways, the foundation for the Cold War — would be created. […]

February 5 1917 – Political Constitution of the United Mexican States declared

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February 5 1917 – Political Constitution of the United Mexican States declared5 (100%) 1 vote The Mexican Revolution and civil uprising raged for almost seven years with demands for social reforms and equality, culminating in the proclamation of the current constitution, referred to as the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, on February 5, 1917. The constitution became the basis of the current government and political scenario in the country and is a momentous occasion in the history of Mexico. Since its declaration of independence from Spain in 1810, Mexico has adopted a number of constitutions and legal documents with constitutional effects. Not all of these have been considered […]

February 6 1989 – The Round Table Talks Begin in Warsaw, Poland

February 6 1989 – The Round Table Talks Begin in Warsaw, Poland5 (100%) 2 votes Four decades after the Soviet Union held questionable elections to create a Communist Polish nation, members of the political opposition gathered with government officials in Round Table Talks on February 6, 1989. Over the next two months, those seated in the Council of Ministers Office held discussions that would expose serious cracks in the Eastern Bloc and, ultimately, signal the destruction of the Soviet Union. During World War II, Polish territory first came under the control of the German military in 1939. As the Red Army pushed back to the west from 1942 on, Soviet […]

February 11 1889 – The Meiji Constitution is Adopted, Leading to the Westernization of Japan

February 11 1889 – The Meiji Constitution is Adopted, Leading to the Westernization of Japan1 (20%) 1 vote For more than two decades, the Emperor of Japan had instituted sweeping changes to the culture of his country, diminishing the influence of the shoguns in order to bring the nation into the 19th century politically. On February 11, 1889, a new Meiji Constitution established a European-style monarchy hinted at by the Restoration of 1868. In creating the new system, leaders created a formal legal code for the first time in Japanese history. Much of what passed for law in Japan amounted to little more than tradition for better than a thousand […]

February 11 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became first woman to head a majority party in Britain

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February 11 1975 – Margaret Thatcher became first woman to head a majority party in BritainRate this post Born as a grocer’s daughter in 1925, Margaret Thatcher had values of hard work and public service. Her father Alfred Roberts had an immense influence on her. It was during the World War Two that Margaret was inspired by Winston Churchill’s defiant speeches and his refusal to give in to Nazism. The uncompromising attitude of Churchill put a deep impact on Margaret’s personality. Margaret Thatcher went to the University of Oxford to study Chemistry and was elected president of the student’s Conservative Association. After graduating in the year 1947, Margaret moved ahead […]