General Knowledge

Today in History -5 January

Important Events 1477 Battle of Nancy, Burgundy vs Switzerland, 7,000 + killed including their leader Charles Duke of Burgundy 1781 British naval expedition led by Benedict Arnold burns Richmond, Virginia

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Today in History -4 January

Important Events 1847 Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the United States government 1865 New York Stock Exchange opens its 1st permanent headquarters at 10-12 Broad St, near

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Today in History -3 January

Important Events 1496 Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine 1521 Martin Luther is Excommunicated by Pope Leo X from the Roman Catholic Church for failing to recant parts

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Today in History -2 January

Important Events 366 The Alamanni cross the frozen Rhine River in large numbers, invading the Roman Empire 1492 Muhammad XII, the last Emir of Granada, surrenders his city to Ferdinand

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Today in History -1 January

Important Events 45 BC The Julian calendar takes effect for the first time 630 Prophet Muhammad sets out with his army towards Mecca, capturing it bloodlessly 1758 The International Commission

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Today in History -31 December

Important Events 406 80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning invasion of Gallia 1744 English astronomer James Bradley announces discovery of Earth’s nutation motion (wobble) 1775

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Today in History -28 December

Important Events 1065 Westminster Abbey in London consecrated 1612 First observation of Neptune – Galileo observes and records a “fixed star” without realising it is a planet 1767 King Taksin

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Today in History-26 December

Important Events 1492 1st Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus (modern Môle-Saint-Nicolas in Haiti) 1792 Trial of French King Louis XVI, court hears

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Today in History-25 December

Important Events 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus 800 Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor 1066 William the Conqueror is crowned King of England at

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Today in History-24 December

Important Events 1565 Compromise of the Nobles in Habsburg Netherlands closes against inquisition 1814 Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom

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Today in History-23 December

Important Events 962 Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops storm the city of Aleppo, recovering the tattered tunic of John the Baptist 1688 King James II,

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Today in History-21 December

Important Events 1620 Mayflower Pilgrims come ashore at in Plymouth Bay, traditionally thought to be at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts [OS=Dec 11] 1898 French Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discover radium

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Today In History – 19 December

Important Events 1776 Thomas Paine publishes his 1st “American Crisis” essay beginning”These are the times that try men’s souls” (date disputed) 1783 William Pitt the Younger becomes the youngest ever

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The Lost City of Tikal

Tikal is the largest of the ancient ruined cities of the Maya civilization. If you ever visit Guatemala don’t miss the chance to visit the ancient ruins at Tikal. Tikal

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Today In History – 17 December

Important Events 1398 Tamerlane captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultans armored elephants 1526

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Today In History – 14 December

Important Events 1991 57th Heisman Trophy Award: Desmond Howard, Michigan (WR) 1996 62nd Heisman Trophy Award: Danny Wuerffel, Florida (QB) 1998 64th Heisman Trophy Award: Ricky Williams, Texas (RB) 2009

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Today In History – 13 December

Important Events 2007 The Mitchell Report is publicly released listing the names of 89 Major League Baseball players that have presumably used anabolic steroids and human growth hormones. Notable players

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