Seeds of Fire: A People’s Chronology

Recalling events that happened on this day in history.
Memories of struggle, resistance and persistence.

Compiled by Ulli Diemer

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January 28 - May 25, 1521
The Diet of Worms, an imperial assembly in the Holy Roman Empire, is held in the German city of Worms. The dissident priest Martin Luther, who had posted his 95 Theses criticizing the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church four years earlier, is called to the Diet to defend his religious views. The Diet ends with the Edict of Worms, which declares Luther to be an obstinate heretic, and calls for his works to be banned. After the Diet, Luther is taken under the protection of a dissident noble and begins his translation of the Bible into German, an important event in the developing Protestant Reformation.
January 28 - February 9, 1573
A large-scale peasant revolt breaks out in territory which is part of present-day Croatia and Slovenia, sparked by the cruelty and oppression peasants are suffering at the hands of the ‘nobility.’ The revolt is crushed after twelve days, thousands of peasants are killed, and many are tortured and executed.
Related Topics: CroatiaPeasant UprisingsSlovenia
January 28, 1853
Birth of Jose Marti (1853-1995), Cuban poet, journalist, and revolutionary.
Related Topics: Cuba
January 28, 1860  
Birth of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian writer.
January 28, 1905  
Polish workers go out on a general strike. The strikes last for four weeks, and are a prelude to an even larger wave of strikes that will rock Poland over the next year.
January 28, 1918  
Revolution breaks out in Finland. A workers’ government takes power, but is immediately plunged into a civil war against the Whites (the Right). In May, the civil war ends in victory for the Whites.
Related Topics: FinlandRevolutionary Moments
January 28, 1918  
Strikes break out in over 50 German cities; with more than one million workers going out in Berlin.
Related Topics: Strikes

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