It happened today – on this day in history – March 1

1445: Birth of Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli. 1565: Portuguese soldier Estácio de Sá founds the city of Rio de Janeiro,

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It happened today – on this day in history – February 23

1633: Birth of diarist Samuel Pepys. 1685: Birth of composer George Frideric Handel in Halle, Germany. 1689: William III is

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It happened today – on this day in history – February 19

1473: Birth of mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. 1736: Handel’s “Alexander’s Feast” premieres at the Covent Garden Theatre, London. 1819:

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It happened today – on this day in history – February 18

1294: Death of Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan. 1478: George, Duke of Clarence, is convicted of treason against his older brother

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It happened today – on this day in history – February 14

1400: Richard II is murdered at Pontefract Castle. 1556: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic. 1689: Parliament places Mary

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It happened today – this day in history – February 11

660BC: The traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. 55: Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the

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It happened today – this day in history – February 10

1098: Crusaders defeat Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch. 1355: The St. Scholastica’s Day riot breaks out in Oxford, leaving

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