On this day, in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt, the Illuminati, the secret society that many believe it is still active today, were secretly founded. The founder was Adam Weishaupt, professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt who was educated by the Jesuits. When founded, the society had only five members, but in the next 10 years it grew to about 2,000 followers. Among the known members were writer Johann Wolfgang Goethe and philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder.
The Illuminati were organized much like the Masons (Freemasons), with secret rites and secrecy of membership. They spread across many European countries and some even accused them for being behind the conspiracy that triggered the French Revolution. Today’s fiction authors greatly exploit such ideas and build plots in which the Illuminati seek to achieve the New World Order.