It happened today – this day in history – October 17

79: Mt. Vesuvius erupts, burying the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae, killing thousands. 1346: King David II of

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It happened today – this day in history – September 6

1492: Christopher Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. 1620: The Mayflower departs Plymouth with 102 Pilgrims and

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It happened today – this day in history – August 10

991: The English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. 1497: Explorer John Cabot

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It happened today – this day in history – July 15

1099: Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade. 1207: King John expels Canterbury monks for

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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 8

975: Death of Edgar, King of England. 1497: Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama departs on his first voyage, becoming the

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It happened today – this day in history – July 3

1187: Saladin, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, destroys Jerusalem’s crusader army. 1250: Louis IX of France is captured by Baibars’

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It happened today – this day in history – June 21

1377: Death of Edward III aged 64. 1529: Catherine of Aragon speaks against her marriage’s annulment to Henry VIII at

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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 – June 1

193: Roman Emperor Didius Julianus is assassinated. 1215: Beijing is captured by the Mongols under Genghis Khan. 1495: First written

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