Today In Fact, 9 November

Schicksalstag, day of fate. The Germans have developed an unusual fondness for this day.

On this day in 1848, Robert Blum, a militant German democrat was executed by royalists thus marking the end of the 1848 revolutions for democracy in German speaking states.

In 1918 on this day the Weimar republic was declared as well as the free socialist republic of Germany.

In 1923 the Hitler led the abortive Beer Hall Putsch in Munich which was put down on this day.

In 1938 Kristallnacht began which saw the burning of Jewish shops and synagogues across Nazi Germany.

Today in 1989 the Berlin wall was torn down.

– Posted by Douglas Racionzer (

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