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1549 – The city of Salvador da Bahia, the first capital of Brazil, is founded.
1807German astronomer Wilhelm Olbers discovered the minor 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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1027 – Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor, founder of the Salian dynasty.
1812 – Earthquake measuring 7.7 on the Richter 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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1279– A Mongolian victory at the naval Battle of Yamen ends the Song Dynasty in China.
1644 – 200 members of Peking imperial family 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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1590 – Battle of Ivry: French King Henry IV beats Catholic League during French Wars of Religion.
1794 – Eli Whitney patents the cotton 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

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1531– Henry VIII recognised as supreme head of Church in England by the Convocation of Canterbury.
1702 – Anne became the last Stuart monarch Read more

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161– Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius dies and is succeeded by co-Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, an unprecedented political arrangement in the Roman Read more

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1479– Treaty of Alcaçovas: Portugal gives the Canary Islands to Castile in exchange for claims in West Africa.
1836– Battle of the Read more

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363– Roman Emperor Julian moves from Antioch with an army of 90,000 to attack the Sassanid Empire, in a campaign that brings about his Read more

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1238– Battle of the Sit River: Mongol forces of Batu Khan overcome Russians under Yuri II of Vladimir-Suzdal near Yaroslavl in Russia, ending Read more

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1575– Indian Mughal Emperor Akbar defeats Bengali army at the Battle of Tukaroi.
1857– Second Opium War: France and the United Kingdom declare Read more

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1791–  Long-distance communication speeds up with the unveiling of a semaphore machine in Paris.
1796 – Napoléon Bonaparte is appointed Commander-in-Chief of the French … Read more

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1642Georgeana (York) in Maine becomes the 1st incorporated American city.
1780 – Pennsylvania becomes 1st US state to abolish slavery (for newborns only)Read more

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1704 – The town of Deerfield, Massachusetts, was razed in the bloodiest battle of Queen Anne’s War.
1768 – The Confederation of Bar was organized Read more

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202 – BC Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China.Read more