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1540 – Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of treason. Henry marries his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, on the same day. 1854 – USS Constellation (1854), the last all-sail warship built by the United States Navy, is commissioned. 1866 – At the age of 18, Vinnie Ream becomes the first and youngest female […]

July 26

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1469 – Wars of the Roses: The Battle of Edgecote Moor, pitting the forces of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick against those of Edward IV of England, takes place. 1745 – The first recorded women’s cricket match takes place near Guildford, England. 1775 – The office that would later become the United States Post […]

July 25

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1593 – Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism. 1603 – James VI of Scotland is crowned king of England (James I of England), bringing the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland into personal union. Political union would occur in 1707. 1609 – The English ship Sea Venture, en route […]

July 24

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1487 – Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer. 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI. 1823 – Slavery is abolished in Chile. 1823 – In Maracaibo, Venezuela the naval Battle of Lake Maracaibo takes place, where Admiral José Prudencio […]

July 21

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356 BC – The Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is destroyed by arson. 1568 – Eighty Years’ War: Battle of Jemmingen: Fernando Álvarez de Toledo, Duke of Alva defeats Louis of Nassau. 1645 – Qing dynasty regent Dorgon issues an edict ordering all Han Chinese men to […]

July 13

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587 BC – Babylon’s siege of Jerusalem ends following the destruction of Solomon’s Temple. 1174 – William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 1173-74, is captured at Alnwick by forces loyal to Henry II of England. 1787 – The Continental Congress enacts the Northwest Ordinance establishing governing rules for the Northwest […]

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1493 – Hartmann Schedel’s Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the best-documented early printed books, is published. 1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace. 1562 – Fray Diego de Landa, acting Bishop of Yucatán, burns the sacred books of the Maya. 1580 – The Ostrog […]

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1086 – King Canute IV of Denmark is killed by rebellious peasants. 1212 – The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground. 1806 – The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company. 1821 – The […]

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1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death. 1798 – As a result of the XYZ Affair, the U.S. Congress rescinds the Treaty of Alliance with France sparking the “Quasi-War”. 1834 – In New York City, four nights of rioting against abolitionistsbegin. 1846 – American troops occupy […]

July 5

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1610 – John Guy sets sail from Bristol with 39 other colonists for Newfoundland. 1687 – Isaac Newton publishes Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica. 1775 – The Second Continental Congress adopts the Olive Branch Petition. 1915 – The Liberty Bell leaves Philadelphia by special train on its way to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
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