It happened today – this day in history – July 17

1203: The siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth crusade. 1585: English secret service discovers Anthony Babington’s murder plot against

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It happened today – this day in history – May 16

1527: Florence becomes a republic. 1532: Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor. 1568: Mary, Queen of Scots flees to

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It happened today – this day in history – May 2

1194: Richard I gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. 1497: John Cabot’s expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across

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It happened today – this day in history – March 28

193AD: Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sell the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

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It happened today – this day in history – March 27

196BC: Ptolemy V becomes Pharaoh of Egypt. 1378: Death of Gregory XI, the last French Pope. 1513: Spanish conquistador Juan

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It happened today – this day in history – March 16

1322: The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the First War of Scottish Independence. 1660: The English Long Parliament disbands.

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It happened today – this day in history – May 2

1194: Richard I gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. 1497: John Cabot’s expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across

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