by Graham Pierrepoint
In a week that plays host to favorite fall celebrations in Halloween and Bonfire Night (in the UK), you’d be forgiven for thinking this run of days has been considerably boring otherwise. That’s where you’d be sorely wrong! We’ve got our One News Page time machine revved up and raring to go, ready to show you some of history’s most interesting tidbits from back in time this week – get ready to marvel at the moments that helped to make society what it is today!
October 30th, 1974 – The Rumble in the Jungle
One of the most important boxing matches in history – and not just for its two combatants – took place over 40 years ago this week in Kinshasa. Muhammad Ali would knock out George Foreman after eight rounds – it would become of the former’s most celebrated victories.
October 31st, 1922 – Benito Mussolini Takes Italy
Mussolini – who would become one of the most infamous faces during the Second World War and its conflicts – began his reign in charge of Italy 95 years ago this week.
November 1st, 1834 – Poker’s First Mention
Poker is still an immensely popular card game and gambling sensation to this day – and it is thought to have roots in Mississippi, with its first-ever written mention having been recorded on November 1st, 1834.
November 2nd, 1898 – Cheerleading is Born
Cheerleading is now a pursuit in itself – but it was seen for the very first time at the University of Minnesota 119 years ago. Who would have thought that such a modern spectacle predates so many of our home comforts and institutions?
November 3rd, 1906 – The Official ‘Distress’ Signal is Chosen
Anyone who has learnt a thing or two about Morse code will know already that the most famous of all the codes to send is SOS – dot dot dot, dash dash dash, dot dot dot – and it was on this day back in 1906 that it was officially recognized as the worldwide standard for requesting help for the very first time.
November 4th, 2008 – Barack Obama Elected US President
In a landmark moment, Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama would take office in the US as the first African-American to do so – he would go on to serve two full terms.
November 5th, 1605 – The Gunpowder Plot
The famous event that is still commemorated each year in the UK – where a plot to blow up parliament was uncovered before the lead conspirator – Guy Fawkes – could assassinate the then-monarch James I. Each year, Fawkes’ likeness can be seen in the form of flammable dummies placed on bonfires while fireworks are let off alongside.
Join us again for another trip through time next Monday!