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 – September 24

1493: Christopher Columbus embarks on his second expedition to the New World. 1529: Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and his Ottoman

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It happened today – this day in history – September 20

1187: Saladin begins the Siege of Jerusalem. 1258: Salisbury Cathedral is inaugurated. 1486: Arthur, Prince of Wales, son of Henry

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It happened today – this day in history – September 19

1356: English forces under Edward The Black Prince defeat the French at the Battle of Poitiers and capture the French

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It happened today – this day in history – September 18

1180: Death of Louis VII, King of France. 1544: Henry VIII’s troops occupy Boulogne. 1709: Birth of lexicographer Samuel Johnson

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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 – September 16

1498: Tomas de Torquemada, Castilian Grand Inquisitor during Spanish Inquisition, dies aged 77. 1630: The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes

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It happened today – this day in history – September 15

921: Saint Ludmila is murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law at Tetin. 1254: Birth of explorer Marco Polo in

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It happened today – this day in history – September 13

122AD: Building begins on Hadrian’s Wall. 1503: Michelangelo begins work on his statue of David. 1574: The Turkish fleet recaptures

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