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 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 – July 12

1109: Crusaders capture Tripoli. 1191: Richard the Lionheart and crusaders defeat Saracens in Palestine. 1542: French troops occupy Flanders. 1543:

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It happened today – this day in history – July 10

48BC: Julius Ceasar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey near the city of Dyrrachium (in what is now Albania).

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It happened today – this day in history – June 12

1381: Rebels arrive at Blackheath during the peasants’ revolt 1665: New Amsterdam legally becomes an English colony and is renamed

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It happened today – this day in history – September 22

1499: Switzerland becomes an independent state. 1515: Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, is born in Dusseldorf. 1529:

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