31st October – On this Day in History…

Martin Luther

On this day in history, 31st October…

1491 – Henry VII’s son, Henry (the future Henry VIII), was created Duke of York.

1517 – Martin Luther wrote to Albert, Archbishop of Mainz, and the Bishop of Brandenburg protesting against the sale of indulgences and sending them a copy of The Ninety-Five Theses (proper title: “Disputation of Martin Luther on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences”).

According to Philipp Melancthon, “Luther, burning with passion and just devoutness, posted the Ninety-Five Theses at the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany at All Saints Eve, October 31”, rather than sending them in a letter, but no other contemporary source supports this.

2000 – I gave birth to my daughter, Verity Elizabeth! Happy birthday, Verity!

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