It happened today – this day in history – May 5

1260: Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. 1494: Christopher Columbus sights Jamaica, landing at

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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 – March 27

196BC: Ptolemy V becomes Pharaoh of Egypt. 1309: Pope Clement V excommunicates Venice and all its population. 1378: Death of

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It happened today – this day in history – March 10

241BC: The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end. 37AD: Death of Roman Emperor

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It happened today – this day in history – March 2

1316: Birth of King Robert II of Scotland, first monarch of the House of Stewart. 1629: Charles I dissolves parliament,

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It happened today – this day in history – February 16

600: Pope Gregory the Great decrees saying “God bless You” is the correct response to a sneeze. 1641: Charles I

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It happened today – this day in history – January 30

1505: English composer Thomas Tallis is born in Kent. 1607: Massive flooding in England destroys around 200 square miles of

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It happened today – this day in history – January 10

49BC: Julius Caesar defies the Roman Senate and crosses the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war which would lead

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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 13

1002: King Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) launches ‘St Brice’s Day’ massacre of Danish settlers. 1312: Birth of Edward III in

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