This day in History: Few things happen overnight

This day in 1945 illuminates how atrocities happen slowly over the course of decades MILLER BOWESTEPHEN.BOWE.15@CNU.EDU On January 16th, 1945, Adolf Hitler retreated to the Fuhrerbunker beneath Berlin, where he would spend the last four months of his life before committing suicide in April.  Hitler had controlled Germany since 1933, and in those twelve years…

This Day in History: Repeal Day

The Bygone era isn’t so bygone. Learn about the ins-and-outs of Prohibition. In 1919, the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution banned the production and sale of alcohol, beckoning in more than a decade of prohibition. Today in history, Dec. 5th, 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, marking the end of prohibition….

This day in history: Read 501 years later

Luther’s 95 Theses still affect today Five hundred and one years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg. Although these theses were meant to be the topic of scholarly dispute among churchmen, they were written in Latin rather than German, so only those who were educated could…

This day in history: ‘The Hammer’

The importance of assessing and re-assessing history is seen in The Battle of Tours. A notable battle, a minor skirmish, a “defense of Western culture,” or something else–today’s event in history is the Battle of Tours, which was fought on Oct. 10, 732.  Frankish forces, led by Charles Martel (“The Hammer”), battled an army belonging…

This day in history: Vercingetorix surrenders

Travel back to the world of Caeser Although the event in history this column discusses happened more than 2,000 years ago, it concerns a figure who looms large throughout history even to this day: Julius Caesar. On this day in 52 BC, Caesar won the battle of Alesia. Caesar’s campaign in Gaul (the region that…

This day in history: Jamestown burns

The flames set 342 years ago still have an impact today Flames erupt during the burning of Jamestown on this day, Sept. 19, in the year 1676. Jamestown burned during Bacon’s Rebellion, an armed revolt led by Nathaniel Bacon in opposition to the governor, Sir William Berkeley.  The context of any historical event is important…