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1483 – Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after incarceration Read more

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1767 – Ayutthaya kingdom falls to Burmese invaders.
1886 – William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House Read more

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30 – Scholars’ estimate for Jesus’ crucifixion by Roman troops in Jerusalem.
529 – First draft of Corpus Juris Civilis (fundamental work in jurisprudence) Read more

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46 BC – Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus. 

1652 – Cape Colony, Read more

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1242  Alexander Nevsky of Novgorod defeats Teutonic Knights in the Battle of the Ice.
1614 – Powhatan Indian Pocahontas married Virginia planter and colonial Read more

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1645 – English Long Parliament passes the Self-Denying Ordinance, limiting regional armies, significant step toward New Model Army.
1922– Joseph Stalin is appointed Read more

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1453– Mehmed II begins his siege of Constantinople (İstanbul), which falls May 29.
1513– Explorer Juan Ponce de León claims Florida for Spain Read more

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527 – Byzantine Emperor Justin I names his nephew Justinian I as co-ruler and successor to the throne.
1748– Ruins of Pompeii rediscovered by Read more

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364 – Roman Emperor Valentinian I appoints his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.
845 – Paris is sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, Read more

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47BCThe legendary Cleopatra VII Thea Philopator, aided by her Roman lover Julius Caesar, was reinstated as coruler of Egypt (with her brother Ptolemy Read more

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31 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.
1306Robert the Bruce, crowned Scottish king at Scone this day in 1306, freed Read more

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1490 – 1st dated edition of Maimonides “Mishneh Torah”, a code of Jewish religious law is published.
1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me Read more

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1622– First American Indian (Powhatan) massacre of Europeans in Jamestown Virginia, 347 killed.
1765– Stamp Act passed; 1st direct British tax on American Read more

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1349– Between 100 and 3,000 Jews are killed in Black Death riots in Erfurt, Germany.
1804– Napoleonic Code adopted in France, stresses clearly Read more

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1345 – According to scholars at the University of Paris, the Black Death, from what they call “a triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Read more

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11231st Latern Council (9th ecumenical council) opens in Rome, agreements of the Concordat of Worms ratified.
1314– Jacques de Molay, the Read more

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432 - On this day in 461 A.D., Saint Patrick, Christian missionary, bishop and apostle of Ireland, dies at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland.
1521– Read more

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597 BC– Babylonians capture Jerusalem, replace Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king.
1527– Battle of Khanua: Mughal Emperor Babur defeats Rajput forces led Read more

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624 – Battle of Badr: Muhammad’s Muslim forces win significant victory over Meccan army.
1591 – Battle at Tondibi: Moroccan army under Judar defeats Read more

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538 – Witiges, King of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome, retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of victorious Byzantine General Read more

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843 – Icon veneration officially re-instated in Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople.
1502 -Ismail I, founder of the Safavid dynasty, crowned Shah of Persia Read more