It happened today – this day in history – December 6

343: Greek Bishop St Nicholas, model for the modern day Father Christmas, dies aged 73. 1240: Mongols under Batu Khan

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It happened today – this day in history – December 5

771: Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman. 1456: An earthquake strikes

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It happened today – this day in history – December 4

1123: Death of Persian poet, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher Omar Khayyám. 1154: Nicholas Breakspear is elected Pope Adrian IV, the

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It happened today – this day in history – December 3

1676: The Swedish army of 8,000 defeats a much larger joint Danish/Dutch force of 13,000 at the Battle of Lund

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It happened today – this day in history – December 2

1547: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, who defeated the Aztec Empire and colonized large parts of Mexico, dies of pleurisy. 1697:

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It happened today – this day in history – December 1

800: Charlemagne judges accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican. 1420: Henry V of England enters Paris. 1640: Portugal

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It happened today – this day in history – November 30

1016: Canute, King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’. 1523: Amsterdam bans the assembly

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It happened today – this day in history – November 29

1530: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, advisor to Henry VIII, dies just before facing trial for treason. 1643: Composer Claudio Monteverdi dies

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It happened today – this day in history – November 28

1291: Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I, dies in Northants. 1499: Edward Plantagenet, 17th Count of Warwick and Plantagenet

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It happened today – this day in history – November 27

8BC: Roman poet Horace dies aged 56. 1295: Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending

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