On Oct 28, 1922, Benito Mussolini and his followers march on Rome to take control of the Italian government. For weeks, the “blackshirts” had been engaged in paramilitary operations, and this march is a show of force. Italy’s King, afraid of a civil war, hands the post Prime Minister to Mussolini the very next day.
Funnily enough, Il Duce didn’t actually participate in the march, probably to avoid problems if it ever turned into a blood bath. He did, however, ask after the US’ position regarding his movement, who apparently blessed the whole thing through their ambassador, Mr Child.