It happened today – this day in history – April 19

1770: Captain James Cook first sights Australia. 1775: The American Revolution begins in Lexington, Massachusetts. 1824: Death of Lord Byron

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It happened today – this day in history – January 17

1377: Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon. 1501: Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome

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It happened today – this day in history – December 24

563: The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. 1167:

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It happened today – this day in history – November 30

1016: Canute, King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’. 1523: Amsterdam bans the assembly

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It happened today – this day in history – November 26

1476: Vlad III Dracula defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes

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It happened today – this day in history – October 8

1075: Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned king of Croatia. 1690: Ottoman troops capture Belgrade. 1769: Captain James Cook lands in Poverty

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It happened today – this day in history – October 3

52BC: Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, surrenders to the Romans under Julius Caesar. 42BC: Gaius Cassius, Roman senator and conspirator

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It happened today – this day in history – August 25

1482: Death of Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI aged 52. 1530: Birth of Ivan the Terrible, first tsar

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It happened today – this day in history – July 30

762: The city of Baghdad is founded by Abbasid caliph Al-Mansur, just north of ancient Baghdad. 1678: English troops land

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