10 Protests That Changed History

Iran's post-election storm has these precedents
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Jun 19, 2009 3:10 PM CDT
Police in West Berlin installing barbed wire fortifications at the Berlin Wall to protect it against demonstators in West Berlin, among the world's most significant protests.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – The post-election storm brewing in Iran prompted LiveScience to round up some of history's most significant protests:

  • A piece of paper nailed to a church door in 1517 sparked the Protestant Revolution.
  • Parisians moved more boldly, beheading the Bastille's governor to spark the French Revolution in 1789.
  • The Boston Tea Party in 1773 helped pave the way for the American Revolution.

  • 60,000 were arrested during Gandhi's Salt March to protest British taxation in 1930, but it swayed world opinion toward Indian independence.
  • MLK's March on Washington in 1963 spurred civil rights laws.
  • Tiananmen Square held a million peaceful demonstrators in 1989 when Chinese tanks rolled in.
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