It happened today – this day in history – February 20

1472: Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment. 1547: Edward VI is crowned

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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 – January 17

1377: Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon. 1501: Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome

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It happened today – this day in history – January 8

871: Ethelred I of Wessex and his brother Alfred the Great defeat the invading Danish army at the Battle of

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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 – December 10

1394: James I of Scotland is born in Dunfermline Palace. 1510: Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his

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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 – 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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