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 – November 18

1307: William Tell reputedly shoots an apple off his son’s head with a crossbow in Switzerland. 1477: First English dated

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It happened today – this day in history – November 13

1002: King Ethelred II (the ‘Unready’) launches ‘St Brice’s Day’ massacre of Danish settlers. 1312: Birth of Edward III in

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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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