It happened today – this day in history – May 12

1191: Richard I (the Lionheart) marries Berengaria of Navarre in Cyprus. 1215: English barons serve an ultimatum on King John

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It happened today – this day in history – May 8

1360: The Treaty of Brétigny signed by England and France ends the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War. 1521:

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It happened today – this day in history – March 12

1054: Pope Leo IX escapes captivity and returns to Rome. 1496: Jews are expelled from Syria. 1507: Death of Cesare

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It happened today – this day in history – January 29

1594: Mathematician John Napier predicts end of the world in 1688 or 1700. 1728: John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera” premieres

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It happened today – this day in history – January 13

1099: Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria. 1404: The Act of Multipliers is passed by Parliament forbidding alchemists to use

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It happened today – this day in history – November 22

1220: Frederick II is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Honorius III. 1497: Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama rounds the

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