It happened today – this day in history – January 19

1419: Rouen surrenders to Henry V in the Hundred Years’ War. 1547: Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed in

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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 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 – December 22

1688: James II supporter the Earl of Danby occupies York. 1689: An earthquake strikes Innsbruck, Austria. 1790: The supposedly impenetrable

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It happened today – this day in history – December 6

343: Greek Bishop St Nicholas, model for the modern day Father Christmas, dies aged 73. 1240: Mongols under Batu Khan

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It happened today – this day in history – November 29

1530: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, advisor to Henry VIII, dies just before facing trial for treason. 1643: Composer Claudio Monteverdi dies

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It happened today – this day in history – October 22

362: The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire. 1383: A two-year period

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It happened today – this day in history – October 18

1009: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks

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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 4

1571: Catholic rebellion in Scotland. 1682: Astronomer Edmond Halley observes the comet named after him. 1824: Birth of composer Anton

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