It happened today – this day in history – December 21

1117: Archbishop of Centerbury Thomas Becket is born in London. 1804: Benjamin Disraeli is born in London. 1844: The Rochdale

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It happened today – this day in history – November 5

1492: Christopher Columbus first learns about growing and harvesting maize (corn) from Cuba’s indigenous population. 1605: Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes

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It happened today – this day in history – October 23

42BC: One of Julius Caesar’s assassins, Brutus commits suicide. 1091: A tornado hits London, destroying the wooden London Bridge. 1642:

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It happened today – this day in history – September 26

1181: Birth of St Francis of Assisi. 1396: Sultan Bajezid I beheads hundreds of crusaders. 1580: Francis Drake completes his

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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 8

1549: Henry II of France declares war on England and orders the siege of Boulogne. 1609: The Venetian senate examines

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It happened today – this day in history – May 26

1538: Geneva expels protestant reformer John Calvin and his followers from the city. Calvin lives in exile in Strasbourg for

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It happened today – this day in history – May 22

334BC: The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia at the Battle of the Granicus. 1176:

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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 – April 29

1429: Joan of Arc arrives at the siege of Orleans. 1587: Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz and sinks the

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