It happened today – this day in history – March 31

1521: Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus, The Philippines. 1596: Birth of French philosopher

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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 – September 22

1499: Switzerland becomes an independent state. 1515: Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, is born in Dusseldorf. 1529:

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