It happened today – this day in history – December 26

1492: The first Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded in modern day Haiti by Christopher Columbus.

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It happened today – this day in history – December 25

352: The first definite date Christmas was celebrated on this day. 597: England adopts the Julian calendar. 800: Pope Leo

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It happened today – this day in history – October 7

1492: Christopher Columbus misses Florida when he changes course. 1542: Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers Catalina Island off the coast

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It happened today – this day in history – September 16

1498: Tomas de Torquemada, Castilian Grand Inquisitor during Spanish Inquisition, dies aged 77. 1630: The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes

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