It happened today – this day in history – October 18

1009: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks

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It happened today – this day in history – August 24

410: Rome is overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I. 1215: Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid. 1217: The

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It happened today – this day in history – August 20

2AD: Venus and Jupiter in conjunction – possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem. 1000: Hungary is established as a

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It happened today – this day in history – August 8

1549: Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne. 1609: The Venetian senate examines

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It happened today – this day in history – June 20

451: Roman and Visigoth forces defeat Attila the Hun in north east France. 1214: The University of Oxford receives its

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It happened today – this day in history – June 11

1144: Basilica of St Denis is dedicated near Paris, the first fully Gothic church. 1345: Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of

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It happened today – this day in history – May 17

1510: Death of painter Sandro Botticelli. 1536: Anne Boleyn’s supposed “four lovers” are executed shortly before her own beheading two

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