It happened today – this day in history – September 17

1156: Emperor Frederick Barbarossa issues the ‘Privilegium Minus’ decree, which elevates Austria to a duchy. 1394: Jews are expelled from

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It happened today – this day in history – August 10

991: The English, led by Bryhtnoth, confront a band of inland-raiding Vikings near Maldon in Essex. 1497: Explorer John Cabot

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It happened today – this day in history – August 3

1460: Death of King James II of Scotland aged 29. 1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with

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It happened today – this day in history – July 20

356BC: Alexander the Great is born in Macedonia. 1304: Edward I of England takes Stirling Castle, the last rebel stronghold

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It happened today – this day in history – July 15

1099: Jerusalem is captured and plundered by Christian forces during the First Crusade. 1207: King John expels Canterbury monks for

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It happened today – this day in history – July 13

1174: William I of Scotland, key rebel in the revolt of 1173-1174, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to

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It happened today – this day in history – July 9

1401: Turko-Mongol ruler Tamerlane destroys Baghdad, killing 20,000. 1540: Henry VIII annuls his six month marriage to his fourth wife

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It happened today – this day in history – July 6

1189: Richard I is crowned King of England upon the death of King Henry II. 1249: Death of Alexander II,

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It happened today – this day in history – June 19

987: Louis IV is crowned king of France. 1306: The Earl of Pembroke’s army defeats Robert Bruce’s Scottish army at

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It happened today – this day in history – May 27

1564: Death of Protestant religious reformer John Calvin aged 54. 1679: The Habeas Corpus Act (strengthening a person’s right to

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