What happened this week in history

Actress Tilda Swinton EMN-141028-102622001
Actress Tilda Swinton EMN-141028-102622001
Share this article

1605 - Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is arrested.

1854 - Crimean War: The Battle of Inkerman - British and French defeated Russian force of 50,000.

1889 - Louisa Woosley became the first women to be ordained as a minister in any Presbyterian denomination (US Cumberland Presbyterian Church).

1895 - Edward, Prince of Wales, (later Edward VII) said “We are all Socialists nowadays”

1914 - Britain declared war on Turkey and annexed 
Cyprus, occupied since 1878.

1916 - Emperors Wilhelm II (Germany) and Franz Jozef I (Austria-Hungary) established the kingdom of Poland.

1925 - Secret agent Sidney Reilly, the first “super-spy” of the 20th century, was executed by the OGPU, the secret police of the Soviet Union.

1935 - Parker Brothers launched game of Monopoly.

1937 - Adolf Hitler held a secret meeting and stated his plans for acquiring “living space” for the German people.

1941 - Singer Art Garfunkel was born in New York City.

1943 - World War II: The Vatican was bombed.

1952 - General Dwight D Eisenhower swept to victory in the American presidential elections, with the largest number of popular votes ever recorded for a presidential candidate.

1955 - After being destroyed in World War II, the rebuilt Vienna State Opera reopened with a performance of Beethoven’s Fidelio.

1956 - Britain and France landed forces in Egypt in reaction to the seizure of the Suez Canal.

1967 - The Hither Green rail crash killed 49 people. Survivors included Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees.

1987 - TV presenter 
Eamonn Andrews died of heart failure at the age of 64.

1991 - Publisher Robert Maxwell died; his body was found in the sea off the coast of Tenerife.

1994 - Space probe Ulyssus completed its first passage behind the Sun

2006 - Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death by hanging, by an Iraqi court.

2007 - China’s first lunar satellite, Chang’e 1 went into orbit around the Moon.