It happened today – this day in history – May 31

1279BC: Ramesses II becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. 1495: Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV and Richard III, dies aged

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It happened today – this day in history – May 3

1621: Lord Chancellor Francis Bacon is accused of bribery. 1758: Death of Pope Benedict XIV aged 83. 1802: Washington DC

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It happened today – this day in history – April 30

1492: Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to

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It happened today – this day in history – April 29

1429: Joan of Arc arrives at the siege of Orleans. 1587: Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz and sinks the

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It happened today – this day in history – April 17

1397: Geoffrey Chaucer tells the “Canterbury Tales” for the first time at the court of Richard II. 1492: Christopher Columbus

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It happened today – this day in history – April 12

1204: The 4th Crusade occupies and plunders Constantinople. 1654: Ordinance of Union between England and Scotland passed by the Council

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It happened today – this day in history – April 5

456: St Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop. 1424: James I of Scotland returns home after 18 years

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It happened today – this day in history – January 7

1536: Catherine of Aragon dies aged 50. 1558: Calais, the last English possession in France, is retaken by the French.

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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. 535: Byzantine

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