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Why Satoshi Chose Halloween to Release the Bitcoin White Paper

Was Satoshi’s release of the Bitcoin White Paper an allusion to the Reformation or something to do with the ancient pagan tradition of Samhain?

CoinDesk Insights
Oct 30, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 10:25 a.m. UTC

Was it an allusion to the Reformation or something to do with the ancient pagan tradition of Samhain?

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This episode is sponsored by Crypto.comNexo.io and Elliptic.

One of the most powerful aspects of bitcoin is its mythology. 

In this episode, NLW explores the 12th anniversary of the Bitcoin white paper and the choices that went into its release date. 

Whether it was something to do with the Reformation or an allusion to the longstanding pagan tradition of Samhain, the one thing that’s clear is the choice adds all the more mystique to bitcoin’s incredible origins.

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