General Knowledge

Today In History – 25 November, 2020

Important Events 1177 Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force 1783 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States 1839 Cyclone slams south

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Today In History – 24 November

Important Events 380 Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople 1639 1st observation of transit of Venus by Jeremiah Horrocks and William Crabtree – helped establish size of

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Today In History – 23 November

Important Events 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates 1644 “Areopagitica”, a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published 1869 The clipper Cutty Sark

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Today In History – 22 November

Important Events 1497 Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds Cape of Good Hope on way to first voyage from Europe to reach India 1926 Imperial Conference ends, giving autonomy inside British Commonwealth 1935 Flying boat

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Today In History – 21 November

Important Events 164 BC During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah 1620 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod [O.S.

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Today In History – 18 November

Important Events 1477 First English dated printed book “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers” by William Caxton 1626 St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, replacing an earlier basilica on the same site and becoming

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Today In History – 17 November

Important Events 1558 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen “Bloody” Mary 1800 Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol

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Today In History – 16 November

Important Events 534 Second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus published 1532 Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro captures Inca Emperor Atahualpa after a surprise ambush at Cajamarca in the Peruvian Andes 1776 British troops capture Fort Washington

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Today In History – 14 November, 2020

Important Events 1680 Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch’s Comet/Newton’s Comet) 1896 Power plant at Niagara Falls begins operation 1908 Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light 1920 The Russian Bolshevik

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Today In History – 12 November, 2020

Important Events 764 Tibetan troops occupy Chang’an for 15 days, capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty 1927 Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, paving the way for Joseph Stalin to consolidate complete

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Today In History – 11 November, 2020

Important Events 1675 German mathematician Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army enters England

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Today In History – 10 November, 2020

Important Events 1619 René Descartes has the dream that inspires his “Meditations on First Philosophy” 1674 Dutch formally cede New Netherlands (New York) to the English 1885 German engineer Gottlieb Daimler unveils the world’s first motorcycle

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Today In History – 9 November

Important Events 1494 Piero the Unfortunate of the de’ Medici family, ruler of Florence, loses his power and flees the state 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte pulls off a coup and becomes the dictator of

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Today In History – 8 November

Important Events 392 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion 1519 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico 1701 William Penn presents Charter of Privileges 1734 Vincent la Chapelle,

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Today In History – 7 November

Important Events 1492 Ensisheim Meteorite strikes a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. Oldest meteorite with a known date of impact. 1872 Cargo ship Mary Celeste sails from

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