It happened today – this day in history – May 2

1194: Richard I gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. 1497: John Cabot’s expedition departs Bristol searching for new lands across

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It happened today – this day in history – March 14

1689: Scotland dismisses William III and Mary Stuart as king and queen. 1757: On board his own flagship HMS Monarch,

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It happened today – this day in history – February 20

1472: Orkney and Shetland are left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment. 1547: Edward VI is crowned

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It happened today – this day in history – February 2

1141: King Stephen is captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda at the Battle of Lincoln. 1349: At least 200

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It happened today – this day in history – January 25

1327: Edward III acceeds to the English throne after the abdication of Edward II. 1533: Henry VIII marries his second

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It happened today – this day in history – January 7

1536:Catherine of Aragon dies aged 50. 1558: Calais, the last English possession in France, is retaken by the French. 1566:

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It happened today – this day in history – December 15

37: Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus is born in Antium. 1488: Explorer Bartolomeu Dias returns to Portugal after becoming the

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It happened today – this day in history – December 13

1294: Saint Celestine V abdicates the papacy after only five months. 1466: Death of artist Donatello aged 80. 1577: Sir

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It happened today – this day in history – August 20

2AD: Venus and Jupiter in conjunction – possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem. 1000: Hungary is established as a

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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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