Today in History

Today in History -19 January

Important Events 379 Theodosius installed as co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire 1812 Peninsular War: After a ten day siege, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, orders British soldiers of

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Today in History -18 January

Important Events 532 Nika uprising against Emperor Justinian I in Constantinople fails, 30,000 killed by troops loyal to the Emperor in the Hippodrome 1591 King Naresuan of Siam kills Crown

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Today in History -15 January

Important Events 588 BC Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign. The siege lasts until July 23, 586 BC. 1535 Henry VIII declares himself head of

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Today in History -13 January

Important Events 532 Nika riots begin in Constantinople, revolt against Emperor Justinian I, prompted by chariot racing 1785 John Walter publishes 1st issue of “The Times” of London 1943 Adolf

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Today in History -9 January

Important Events 1431 Judges’ investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc begin in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government 1760 Afghans defeat Marathas in battle of

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Today in History -8 January

Important Events 1656 Oldest surviving commercial newspaper begins (Haarlem, Netherlands) 1790 1st US President George Washington delivers 1st state of the union address 1835 US national debt is $0 for

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Today in History -7 January

Important Events 1610 Galileo Galilei discovers the first three moons of Jupiter: Io, Europa & Ganymede 1714 Typewriter patented by Englishman Henry Mill (built years later) 1941 Chinese Kuomintang forces

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Today in History -6 January

Important Events 1649 The English Rump Parliament votes to put Charles I on trial for treason and other “high crimes” 1912 Geophysicist and meteorologist Alfred Wegener presents his controversial theory

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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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