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It happened today – this day in history – January 11

1693: The most powerful earthquake in Italian recorded history strikes Sicily and Southern Italy. 1787: Titania and Oberon, moons of

It happened today – this day in history – January 10

49BC: Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war which would lead

It happened today – this day in history – January 9

1493: First sight of manatees by Christopher Columbus. 1570: Ivan the Terrible kills 1,000-2,000 residents of Novgorod. 1718: France declares

It happened today – this day in history – January 8

871: Ethelred I of Wessex and his brother Alfred the Great defeat the invading Danish army at the Battle of

It happened today – this day in history – January 7

1536:Catherine of Aragon dies aged 50. 1558: Calais, the last English possession in France, is retaken by the French. 1566:

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It happened today – this day in history – January 6

1017: Cnut the Great is crowned king of England. 1066: King Harold I of England is crowned. 1367: Richard II

It happened today – this day in history – January 5

1066: Death of Edward the Confessor. 1463: French poet Francois Villon is banished from Paris. 1500: Duke Ludovico Sforza reconquers

It happened today – this day in history – January 4

46BC: Julius Ceasar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina. 87: Ethelred of Wessex is defeated by the Danish

It happened today – this day in history – January 3

1431: Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon. 1496: Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.