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It happened today – this day in history – January 20

1265: The first English Parliament summoned other than by royal command (by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) meets in

It happened today – this day in history – January 19

1419: Rouen surrenders to Henry V in the Hundred Years’ War. 1547: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed in

It happened today – this day in history – January 18

1126: Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Qinzong. 1535: Francisco Pizarro founds the city of

It happened today – this day in history – January 17

1377: Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon. 1501: Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome

It happened today – this day in history – January 16

550: The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege by bribing the Isaurian garrison. 1362: A storm

It happened today – this day in history – January 15

1412: Birth of Joan of Arc. 1535: Henry VIII declares himself head of the Church in England. 1552: France signs

It happened today – this day in history – January 14

1690: The clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany. 1724: King Philip V abdicates the Spanish throne. 1742: Astronomer Edmond Halley

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It happened today – this day in history – January 13

1099: Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria. 1404: The Act of Multipliers is passed by Parliament forbidding alchemists to use

It happened today – this day in history – January 12

1528: Gustav I is crowned King of Sweden. 1723: George Frideric Handel’s opera “Ottone” premieres at the King’s Theatre, London.