This Day in History: October

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October 4, 1957: The USSR Launches Sputnik 1
1: 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
2: 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
3: 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