This Day in History: October

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