Today In History – April 4

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Today In History – April 4 503 BC – Roman consul Agrippa Menenius Lanatus celebrated a triumph for a military victory over the Sabines. 1147 – First historical record of Moscow. 1460 – Basel University is founded. 1581 – Francis Drake is knighted for completing a circumnavigation of the world. 1660 – Declaration of Breda by King Charles II of Great Britain. 1721 – Sir Robert Walpole becomes the first British prime minister. 1768 – In London, Philip Astley stages the first modern circus. […]

Today In History – April 3

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Today In History – April 3 686 – Maya king Yuknoom Yich’aak K’ahk’ assumes the crown of Calakmul. 801 – King Louis the Pious captures Barcelona from the Moors after a siege of several months. 1043 – Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. 1077 – The first Parliament of Friuli is created. 1559 – The Peace of Cateau-Cambrésis treaty is signed, ending the Italian Wars. 1834 – The generals in the Greek War of Independence stand trial for treason. 1860 – The first successful United States Pony […]

Today In History – April 2

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Today In History – April 2 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León first sights land in what is now the United States state of Florida. 1755 – Commodore William James captures the Maratha fortress of Suvarnadurg on west coast of India. 1792 – The Coinage Act is passed establishing the United States Mint. 1800 – Ludwig van Beethoven leads the premiere of his First Symphony in Vienna. 1801 – French Revolutionary Wars: The British capture the Danish fleet. 1851 – Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand. […]

Today In History – April 1

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Today In History – April 1 286 – Emperor Diocletian elevates his general Maximian to co-emperor with the rank of Augustus and gives him control over the Western regions of the Roman Empire. 325 – Crown Prince Jin Chengdi, age 4, succeeds his father Jin Mingdi as emperor of the Eastern Jin dynasty. 457 – Majorian is acclaimed emperor by the Roman army after defeating 900 Alemanni near Lake Maggiore (Italy). 527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin […]

Today In History – March 18

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Today In History – March 18 AD 37 – The Roman Senate annuls Tiberius’s will and proclaims Caligula emperor. 633 – Ridda wars: The Arabian Peninsula is united under the central authority of Caliph Abu Bakr. 1068 – An earthquake in the Levant and the Arabian Peninsula, leaves up to 20,000 dead. 1229 – Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor, declares himself King of Jerusalem in the Sixth Crusade. 1241 – First Mongol invasion of Poland: Mongols overwhelm Polish armies in Kraków in the Battle of Chmielnik and […]

Today In History – March 17

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Today In History – March 17 45 BC – In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda. 180 – Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus the sole emperor of the Roman Empire. 455 – Petronius Maximus becomes, with support of the Roman Senate, emperor of the Western Roman Empire. 1001 – The Raja of Butuan in what is now the Philippines sends a tributary mission to the Song dynasty. […]

Today In History – March 16

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Today In History – March 16 597 BC – Babylonians capture Jerusalem, and replace Jeconiah with Zedekiah as king. 455 – Emperor Valentinian III is assassinated by two Hunnic retainers while training with the bow on the Campus Martius (Rome). 934 – Meng Zhixiang declares himself emperor and establishes Later Shu as a new state independent of Later Tang. 1190 – Massacre of Jews at Clifford’s Tower, York. 1244 – Over 200 Cathars are burned after the Fall of Montségur. 1322 – The Battle of Boroughbridge takes place in the Despenser Wars. 1521 – Ferdinand […]

Today In History – March 15

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Today In History – March 15 474 BC – Roman consul Gnaeus Manlius Vulso celebrates an ovation for concluding the war against Veii and securing a forty years’ truce. 44 BC – Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus, and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March. 220 – Cao Cao, Chinese warlord and penultimate Chancellor of the Han dynasty, passes away. 280 – Sun Hao of Eastern Wu surrenders to Sima Yan which […]

Today In History – March 14

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Today In History – March 14 44 BC – Casca and Cassius decide, on the night before the Assassination of Julius Caesar, that Mark Antony should live. 313 – Emperor Jin Huaidi is executed by Liu Cong, ruler of the Xiongnu state (Han Zhao). 1381 – Chioggia concludes an alliance with Zadar and Trogir against Venice, which becomes changed in 1412 in Šibenik. 1489 – The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice. 1590 – Battle of Ivry: Henry of Navarre and the Huguenots defeat […]

Today In History – March 13

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Today In History – March 13 624 – Battle of Badr: a key battle between Muhammad’s army – the new followers of Islam and the Quraysh of Mecca. The Muslims won this battle, known as the turning point of Islam, which took place in the Hejaz region of western Arabia. 874 – The bones of Saint Nicephorus are interred in the Church of the Holy Apostles, Constantinople. 1138 – Cardinal […]