It happened today – this day in history – June 17

1239: Birth of Edward I in London. 1462: Vlad Dracula III (the Impaler) attempts to assassinate Mehmed II, forcing him

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It happened today – this day in history – March 12

1054: Pope Leo IX escapes captivity and returns to Rome. 1144: Gherardo Caccianemici is elected Pope Lucius II. 1496: Jews

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It happened today – this day in history – March 11

537: Goths lay siege to Rome. 1513: Giovanni de’ Medici chosen as Pope Leo X. 1702: The first English daily

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It happened today – this day in history – March 5

1133: Birth of Henry II. 1496: Henry VII grants John Cabot a commission to explore for new lands. 1558: Smoking

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It happened today – this day in history – February 11

660BC: The traditional date for the foundation of Japan by Emperor Jimmu. 55: Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the

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It happened today – this day in history – February 3

1377: Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the

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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 – January 18

1126: Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Qinzong. 1535: Francisco Pizarro founds the city of

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It happened today – this day in history – January 15

588BC: 1412: Birth of Joan of Arc. 708: Sisinnius begins his 20-day reign as Pope 153Nebuchadrezzar II of Babylon lays

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It happened today – this day in history – November 23

800: Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III. 1499: Flemish pretender to the English

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