It happened today – this day in history – June 27

1462: Louis XII is born in Château de Blois, France. 1550: Charles IX is born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. 1542: Conquistador

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It happened today – this day in history – June 20

451: Roman and Visigoth forces defeat Attila the Hun in north east France. 1214: The University of Oxford receives its

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It happened today – this day in history – May 24

15BC: Birth of Julius Caesar Germanicus. 1153: Malcolm IV becomes King of Scots. 1543: Death of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus aged

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It happened today – this day in history – May 16

1527: Florence becomes a republic. 1532: Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor. 1568: Mary, Queen of Scots flees to

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It happened today – this day in history – May 8

1348: A ship from Bordeaux carrying the plague, lands in Melcombe Regis (now Weymouth), Dorset. 1360: The Treaty of Brétigny

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It happened today – this day in history – April 30

1492: Christopher Columbus is given royal commission by Spanish monarchs Isabella I and Ferdinand II to equip his fleet to

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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 – March 29

1461: Wars of the Roses: Battle of Towton – Duke of York defeats the Lancastrian army, deposes King Henry VI

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It happened today – this day in history – March 24

1603: Scottish King James VI, son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to

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