It happened today – this day in history – January 26

1340: England’s Edward III is proclaimed king of France. 1531: An earthquake hits Lisbon, killing 30,000. 1564: The Council of

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It happened today – this day in history – January 20

1265: The first English Parliament summoned other than by royal command (by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) meets in

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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 11

1158: Frederick Barbarossa declares himself ruler of North Italy. 1493: Christopher Columbus discovers the Caribbean island of Saba. 1640: Thomas

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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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It happened today – this day in history – August 23

476: Odoacer is proclaimed King of Italy by his troops 1305: Scottish patriot William Wallace is executed for high treason

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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 1

251: The Battle of Abrittus is won by the Goths against the Romans. 1200: Sunglasses are invented in China. 1535:

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It happened today – this day in history – June 26

1284: According to the Lüneburg manuscript, a piper leads 130 children of Hamelin away. 1483: The Duke of Gloucester becomes

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