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1845The Battle of Firoz Shah began between British and Sikh forces during the First Sikh War.
1898 – French Scientists Pierre and Marie Read more

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1522 – Suleiman the Magnificent accepts surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who are allowed to evacuate. They eventually settle in Malta and become Read more

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1776 – Thomas Paine publishes his 1st “American Crisis” essay beginning”These are the times that try men’s souls” (date disputed).
1777During the Read more

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218 – BC Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia – Hannibal’s Carthaginian army heavily defeat Roman forces on Italian soil.

1271 – Kublai Khan … Read more

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1398 – Timur (Tamerlane) captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud’s armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at Read more

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533 – Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, under King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron.
1256– Hulagu Khan captures and destroys Read more

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644 – Uthman ibn Affan, companion of Muhammad, appointed 3rd Caliph of Islam.
1287– During St. Lucia’s Flood in Northwest Netherlands the Read more

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1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets sail from England on a circumnavigation of the world.
1642 – Dutch navigator Abel Tasman sighted South Island, Read more

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627– Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Sassanid forces during Byzantine-Sassanid War.
1901 – Guglielmo Marconi sends the first transatlantic radio signal, Read more

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1792France’s King Louis XVI goes on trial, accused of high treason and crimes against the state.
1911 – Egyptian novelist and screenplay Read more

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1520– Martin Luther publicly burns papal edict demanding he recant.
1684 – Isaac Newton’s derivation of Kepler’s laws from his theory of gravity, Read more

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536– Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its empire.
1212– Frederick Read more

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1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South
1941 – US & Britain declare war on Japan, US Read more

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43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae.
1909 Inventor Leo Baekeland patents the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, Read more

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771 – Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman.
1349 – 500 Jews of Nuremberg massacred during Read more

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1093 – St. Anselm of Canterbury was consecrated as archbishop.
1154 – Adrian IV was elected pope, becoming the only Englishman to occupy the papal Read more

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1586 – Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia.
1818 – Illinois was admitted as the 21st state of the United States Read more

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1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte has crowned Emperor of France in Paris.
1823 – President James Monroe declares his “Monroe Doctrine”, a US foreign policy Read more

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1016 – Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’. 1648 – English Parliamentary army captures … Read more

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526 – A possible date for the Antioch earthquake in present-day Syria (then the Byzantine Empire) which killed 200,000 people.
1745 – Bonnie Prince Charlie’s … Read more

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1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean.
1814 – The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam-powered presses built by … Read more

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1095 – Pope Urban II preaches 1st Crusade 1295 – English King Edward I calls what later became known as “The Model Parliament” extending the … Read more

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43 BC- Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed.
1778 – British explorer Captain James … Read more

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1177 – Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force.
1783 – Britain evacuates New York city, its last … Read more

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380 – Theodosius I makes his adventus, or first formal entry, into Constantinople.
1639 – 1st observation of the transit of Venus by Jeremiah HorrocksRead more

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1248 – Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates.
1407 – Louis I, duc d’Orléans, Read more

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164 BC – During Maccabbean revolt Judas Maccabaeus recaptures Jersusalem and rededicates the Second Temple, commemorated since as Jewish festival Hanukkah.
1620 – Mayflower Compact Read more