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The Crusades

Dec 11, 2010
Military expeditions undertaken by some Christian Nations to ensure the safety to pilgrims visiting the Holy sepulchre and to retain in Christian hands the Holy Places (1095-1217).

The Bill of Rights

Dec 11, 2010
It was the name given to a law declaring the rights and liberties of British subjects and settling the question of succession to the British Crown, passed by Parliament in 1689. The significance of the bill lies in that it not only clarified the existing law but also placed monarchy in England on a constitutional basis.

Russian Revolution

Dec 11, 2010
It came about in 1917 during Czar Nicholas’s regime. The people in his time were very poor and the Czar suppressed them ruthlessly. A full-scale revolt broke out in 1917 when the Soviet Council of Workers sprang into action.

Renaissance

Dec 11, 2010
It was a transitional movement in Europe between the mediaval and the modern which brought back the classic ideals in literature, painting and architecture.

Reformation Movement in Germany

Dec 11, 2010
A great religious movement of the 16th century, under the leadership of Martin Luther; resulted in the establishment of protestantism.

Nazism

Dec 11, 2010
The cult of the Nazis or of the National Socialism of Hitler in pre-war Germany,

Magna Carta

Dec 11, 2010
It was the Charter of Liberties which King John II was forced to sign in 1215. It meant to put a check upon the arbitrary Powers of the King. The most important principle that it laid down was that Englishmen should be governed by definite laws and not by the whims or the will of a despotic ruler.

French Revolution

Dec 11, 2010
It was brought about in 1789 by the revolutionary teachings of French philosophers namely, Rousseau, Voltaire and Montesquieu.

American Civil War

Dec 11, 2010
Fought by the settlers in America against the sovereignty of British Empire under the leadership of George Washington in 1776-83.

Sindhu Valley Civilisation To Battle Of Panipat

Dec 11, 2010
3000 BC-1500 BC: Indus Valley Civilization began in Harappa, and was one of the world’s three earliest urban civilizations, contemporary to Sumer (in Mesopotamia/Iraq) and ancient Egypt. The cities of Harappa and Mohenjodaro become large metropolises. It had superior urban planning and sewage systems.

Modern India

Dec 11, 2010
1765 AD: Grant of Diwani of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa to the British. 1770 AD: Famine in Bengal.

Contemporary India

Dec 11, 2010
1991 AD: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated in a bomb blast in Sriperumbudur, near Madras (May 21); P.V. Narasimha Rao is sworn-in as the ninth Prime Minister of India(June 21); At least 1500 people are feared dead as a devastating earthquake rocks Uttarkashi district of Uttar Pradesh(Oct20); Pondicherry becomes the first Union Territory of India to be declared fully literate.

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