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Here are the top ten articles for the Today in History Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Laika - The First Dog in Space
On November 3, 1957, Sputnik 2 was launched into orbit around the Earth. It was the second artificial satellite ever to be sent up into space. On board was a dog named Laika. Do you know her story?
2. The Berlin Wall is Opened after 28 Years
Thanks to a mistake, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. Not literally, but the gates between east and west were thrown open after almost three decades. Read about this historic day.
3. All Souls Day - November 2
The scary movie is over, the candy is finished, and the costumes can be stowed away. So what comes after Halloween?
4. 11 Events that Happened on November 11
It’s such an interesting date: 11/11. It works no matter which way you write it, month first or day first! So, to commemorate it, here are 11 events from history that happened on this date.
5. A Tolkien Book and a Birthday Coincidence
The final volume of J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, was published on this date in history. But there’s more: an actor from the film versions also celebrates his birthday on October 20.
6. Amusing November Days
We are well into nippy November and have already observed All Saints’, All Souls’, Sadie Hawkins’ and Guy Fawkes’ days. Besides Thanksgiving, what else is notable this month?
7. Scientists Trap Antimatter for the First Time
On November 17, 2010, for a few nanoseconds, scientists at CERN controlled antimatter. Why does this matter? Prepare for a quantum of physics.
8. Zany October Holidays
October is chock-full of fun celebrations! Most famous for Halloween and Oktoberfest, this month also sees such celebrations as Sweetest Day, Boss’s Day, and Leif Eriksson Day. October is also a month for awareness. What should you be aware of? Read on and find out!
9. The Last Days of Edgar Allan Poe
“There at length they found me lying, weak and ’wildered, sick and dying, / And my shattered wreck of being to a kindly refuge bore … ” These are just a few lines from a poem entitled “The Streets of Baltimore.” Hauntingly, they evoke the mysterious death of its purported author on October 3, 1849.
10. Drake Goes Around the World
Sir Francis Drake, one of history’s most famous privateers, completed a voyage around the world on September 26, 435 years ago. What happened on that voyage? Piracy, of course! What’s the difference between piracy and privateering? There is a difference, though it has become greyed ...
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