It happened today – this day in history – December 31

192: Roman emperor Commodus survives a poisoning attempt by his mistress only to be strangled in the bath. 1491: French

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It happened today – this day in history – December 24

563: The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. 1167:

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It happened today – this day in history – December 23

1620: French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII. 1672: Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn. 1688: James

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It happened today – this day in history – December 19

1154: Henry II is crowned King of England. 1642: Four of explorer Abel Rasman’s crew are killed at Wharewharangi Bay

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It happened today – this day in history – November 2

1470: Edward V is born in Westminster. 1734: Birth of American frontiersman Daniel Boone in Pennsylvania. 1755: Birth of Marie

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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 27

1549: John Dudley Earl of Warwick destroys Robert Kett’s army at the Battle of Dussindale, ending Kett’s rebellion in Norfolk.

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It happened today – this day in history – August 22

565: St Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness. 1138: English defeat the Scottish at Cowton Moor, Yorks. 1485:

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