It happened today – this day in history – June 24

1314: Scotland regains independence from England at the Battle of Bannockburn. 1340: The English fleet destroys the French at the

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It happened today – this day in history – June 11

1144: Basilica of St Denis is dedicated near Paris, the first fully Gothic church. 1345: Alexios Apokaukos, chief minister of

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It happened today – this day in history – May 9

1092: Lincoln Cathedral is consecrated. 1502: Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his fourth and final trip to the New World.

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It happened today – this day in history – April 21

753BC: Traditional date for when Romulus and Remus founded Rome. 1536: Thomas Cromwell begins to plan Anne Boleyn’s downfall while

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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 23

1633: Birth of diarist Samuel Pepys. 1685: Birth of composer George Frideric Handel in Halle, Germany. 1689: William III is

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It happened today – this day in history – February 14

1400: Richard II is murdered at Pontefract Castle. 1556: Archbishop Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic. 1689: Parliament places Mary

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It happened today – this day in history – November 14

1380: King Charles VI of France is crowned at age 12. 1524: Francisco Pizarro begins his first great expedition, near

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It happened today – this day in history – September 6

1492: Christopher Columbus’ fleet leaves Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. 1620: The Mayflower departs Plymouth with 102 Pilgrims and

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It happened today – this day in history – September 1

1482: Tatars plunder Kiev, Ukraine. 1535: French navigator Jacques Cartier reaches Hochelaga (Montreal). 1557: Death of Jacques Cartier aged 65.

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