This Day in History: October

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
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Overview

Look back in time and examine the amazing events that happened on this day in history and which helped shape the world as we know it.
October 4, 1957: The USSR Launches Sputnik 1

01: October 4, 1957: The USSR Launches Sputnik 1

See how the launch of Sputnik 1 impacted America’s role in the space race and quickly furthered our research and technology in a way nothing else has since then.

6 min
October 14, 1066: William Conquers England

02: October 14, 1066: William Conquers England

Examine how Duke William the Bastard of Normandy led the Normans to victory, created a strong feudal government, and fortified England as a powerful and influential nation—and, in doing so, shaped the history of Europe and the world.

13 min
October 15, 1844: Friedrich Nietzsche Is Born

03: October 15, 1844: Friedrich Nietzsche Is Born

Celebrate the birth and philosophical contributions of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche as you join an esteemed professor to explore Nietzsche’s work. Nietzsche’s most famous claim that “God is dead,” has haunted Continental thinkers throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.

9 min
October 29, 1969: International Internet Day

04: October 29, 1969: International Internet Day

Join Vint Cerf, who is widely considered one of the “fathers of the internet,” to walk through the moments and events that eventually led to the development of the internet.

12 min