It happened today – this day in history – May 17

1510: Death of painter Sandro Botticelli. 1536: Anne Boleyn’s supposed “four lovers” are executed shortly before her own beheading two

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It happened today – this day in history – May 1

1328: The Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state. 1544: Turkish troops occupy Hungary. 1700:

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It happened today – this day in history – April 27

1124: David I becomes king of Scots. 1296: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England at The Battle

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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 – April 3

1043: Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. 1367: Henry IV is born in Bolingbroke Castle, Lincs. 1657: Lord

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It happened today – this day in history – January 3

1431: Joan of Arc is handed over to Bishop Pierre Cauchon. 1496: Leonardo da Vinci unsuccessfully tests a flying machine.

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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. 1491: French

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It happened today – this day in history – December 30

1460: The Duke of York is killed and his forces soundly defeated by forces for Henry VI at the Battle

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It happened today – this day in history – December 23

1620: French huguenots declare war on King Louis XIII. 1672: Giovanni Cassini discovers Rhea, a satellite of Saturn. 1688: James

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It happened today – this day in history – December 2

1547: Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, who defeated the Aztec Empire and colonized large parts of Mexico, dies of pleurisy. 1697:

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