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Days that Changed the World By Hywel Williams

Days that Changed the World by Hywel Williams

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A concise history of the world, told through the stories of 50 momentous days

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Days that Changed the World: The Defining Moments in World History by Hywel Williams

The currents of History run deep and often unseen beneath the everyday ripple of events. But now and again the current rises to the surface, and the events of a single day shed an exceptional light on the meaning of the past. Such events are the subject of Days that Changed the World. Some of the 50 days described here mark the end of an era; others the start of something new. Many are the dates of bloody battles or murders; others of momentous decisions or breathtaking discoveries. All are remembered as powerful symbols of their time. Our story begins almost 2500 years ago on 28 September 480 before the Christian Era, when the Athenian navy destroyed the Persian invasion fleet in the Bay of Salamis. Had the Persians won we might never have heard the names of Plato, Aristotle or Alexander, nor recognize the word democracy. Charting 50 such defining moments, concluding with 11 September 2001 and the destruction of New York's Twin Towers, Days that Changed the World is a unique and fascinating way to portray the story of world history. These 50 history-making days include: The Battle of Salamis The Battle of Waterloo The Assassination of Julius Caesar The Passing of the Emancipation Act The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ The Battle of Sedan The Dedication of Constantinople The Boxer Rebellion The Death of Muhammad The First Day on the Somme The Coronation of Charlemagne The Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor The Death of Genghis Khan The Bombing of Hiroshima The Fall of Constantinople Martin Luther King's 'I have a Dream' The Defeat of the Spanish Armada The Breaching of the Berlin Wall The US Declaration of Independence Nelson Mandela's Release from Prison The Fall of the Bastille Nine Eleven

About Hywel Williams

Hywel Williams is a renowned historian, newspaper columnist, political advisor and TV presenter. He is the author of the famous political expose Guilty Men, Cassell's Chronology of World History and Britain's Power Elites.

Table of Contents

Introduction 28 September 480BC - The Battle of Salamis 15 March 44BC - The Assassination of Julius Caesar Good Friday c30AD - The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ 11 May 330 - The Dedication of Constantinople 31 December 406 - A Confederacy of German Tribes Crosses the Rhine 7 December 632 - The Death of Muhammad 11 October 732 - The Battle of Tours 25 December 800 - The Coronation of Charlemagne 27 November 1095 - Pope Urban II Preaches the First Crusade 25 August 1227 - The Death of Genghis Khan 29 May 1453 - The Fall of Constantinople 12 October 1492 - Columbus Makes Landfall in the Bahamas 20 September 1519 - Magellan Sets Sail for South America 18 April 1521 - Luther Defies Charles V at the Diet of Worms 29 July 1588 - The Defeat of the Spanish Armada 21 October 1600 - Tokugawa Ieyasu Wins the Battle of Sekigahara 24 May 1607 - The Foundation of Jamestown, Virginia 23 May 1618 - The Defenestration of Prague 5 June 1661 - Isaac Newton Matriculates at Cambridge University 12 September 1683 - The Ottomans Abandon the Siege of Vienna 11 April 1713 - The Peace of Utrecht 26 August 1768 - The Endeavour Leaves Plymouth 4 July 1776 - The US Declaration of Independence 14 July 1789 - The Fall of the Bastille 18 June 1815 - The Battle of Waterloo 17 December 1819 - Simon Bolivar Named President of Gran Colombia 15 September 1830 - Opening of the Liverpool-Manchester Railway 23 August 1833 - Parliament Passes the Emancipation Act 8 July 1853 - Commodore Perry Anchors in Tokyo Bay 9 April 1865 - Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox 1 September 1870 - The Battle of Sedan 7 March 1876 - Alexander Graham Bell Develops the Telephone 20 June 1900 - The Boxer Rebellion 30 June 1905 - E=MC2: The Special Theory of Relativity 28 June 1914 - The Assassination of Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo 1 July 1916 - The First Day on the Somme 7 November 1917 - The Storming of the Winter Palace 22 June 1941 - Operation Barbarossa 7 December 1941 - The Japanese Attack Pearl Harbor 6 August 1945 - The Bombing of Hiroshima 25 March 1957 - The Treaties of Rome 28 October 1962 - Khrushchev Agrees to Remove Missiles from Cuba 28 August 1963 - "I Have a Dream" 21 July 1969 - "The Eagle Has Landed" 29 March 1973 - The Last US Troops Leave Vietnam 16 October 1973 - Opec Raises the Price of Oil 3 February 1976 - The Rise to Power of William Henry Gates III 9 November 1989 - The Breaching of the Berlin Wall 11 February 1990 - Nelson Mandela is Released from Prison 11 September 2001 - Nine Eleven Index

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Days that Changed the World: The Defining Moments in World History by Hywel Williams
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