It happened today – this day in history – July 17

1203: The siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth crusade. 1585: English secret service discovers Anthony Babington’s murder plot against

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It happened today – this day in history – May 31

1279BC: Ramesses II becomes Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt. 1495: Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV and Richard III, dies aged

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It happened today – this day in hisstory – May 25

1521: The Edict of Worms outlaws Martin Luther and his followers. 1659: Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England,

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It happened today – this day in history – March 17

45BC: In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the

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It happened today – this day in history – January 26

1340: England’s Edward III is proclaimed king of France. 1531: An earthquake hits Lisbon, killing 30,000. 1564: The Council of

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It happened today – this day in history – November 16

42AD: Birth of Tiberius, second emperor of the Roman Empire 1272: Henry III dies aged 65. 1380: French King Charles

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It happened today – this day in history – November 7

1492: A meteorite strikes a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France. 1800: It becomes illegal for

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It happened today – this day in history – October 21

1520: Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific

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It happened today – this day in history – September 27

1066: William the Conqueror’s Norman troops set sail for England. 1590: Pope Urban VII dies 13 days after being chosen

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It happened today – this day in history – September 4

476: Romulus Augustulus abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Roman Empire. 1571: Catholic rebellion

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