It happened today – this day in history – March 31

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus, The Philippines. 1596: Birth of French philosopher

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It happened today – this day in history – January 28

814: Death of Charlemagne aged 71. 1099: Siege of Hosn-el-Akrad, Syria, during the First Crusade. 1225: Birth of St Thomas

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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 – March 31

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus, The Philippines. 1596: Birth of French philosopher

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It happened today – this day in history – January 28

814: Death of Charlemagne aged 71. 1099: Siege of Hosn-el-Akrad, Syria, during the First Crusade. 1225: Birth of St Thomas

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