It happened today – this day in history – January 14

1690: The clarinet is invented in Nürnberg, Germany. 1724: King Philip V abdicates the Spanish throne. 1742: Astronomer Edmond Halley

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It happened today – this day in history – January 11

1693: The most powerful earthquake in Italian recorded history strikes Sicily and Southern Italy. 1787: Titania and Oberon, moons 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 – January 4

46BC: Julius Ceasar defeats Titus Labienus in the Battle of Ruspina. 87: Ethelred of Wessex is defeated by the Danish

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It happened today – this day in history – December 21

1117: Archbishop of Centerbury Thomas Becket is born in London. 1804: Benjamin Disraeli is born in London. 1844: The Rochdale

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It happened today – this day in history – December 19

1154: Henry II is crowned King of England. 1642: Four of explorer Abel Rasman’s crew are killed at Wharewharangi Bay

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It happened today – this day in history – November 21

1620: The Pilgrim Fathers reach Provincetown Harbour, Massachusetts. 1694: French writer and philosopher Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) is born in Paris.

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It happened today – this day in history – November 3

1493: Christopher Columbus ‘discovers’ the island of Dominica. 1534: Parliament passes the Act of Supremacy making Henry VIII and subsequent

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It happened today – this day in history – November 1

1348: The date on which the Black Death is thought to have reached London. 1349: The Duke of Brabant orders

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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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