Today In Fact, 24 October

Today the United Nations was officially founded whith the ratification of its charter by the five post World War 2 countries: USSR, China, Britain, USA and France.

Today is also, curiously enough the day in 1748 when the Peace of Westphalia was signed which ended the 30 years war in Europe. This treaty effectively ended the wars of religion started during the reformation by recognizing that the religion of the monarch would be the religion the state and also establishing the notion of a sovereign state whose internal affairs should not be interfered with by another state.

Thus almost exactly two centuries after the principle of a sovereign state was officially recognized, the United Nations, a gathering of sovereign states dedicated to peace was established.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (

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