December 14

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557 – Constantinople is severely damaged by an earthquake. 835 – Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang dynasty conspires to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled. 1287 – St. Lucia’s flood: The Zuiderzee sea wall in the Netherlands collapses, killing over 50,000 people. 1542 – Princess […]

Today in History December 12

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884 – King Carloman II dies after a hunting accident. He is succeeded by his cousin, emperor Charles the Fat, who for the last time reunites the Frankish Empire. 1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma’arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town’s walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly
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December 9

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536 – Gothic War: The Byzantine general Belisarius enters Rome unopposed; the Gothic garrison flee the capital. 1775 – American Revolutionary War: British troops lose the Battle of Great Bridge, and leave Virginia soon afterward. 1793 – New York City’s first daily newspaper, the American Minerva, is established by Noah Webster. 1856 – The
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December 8

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1660 – A woman (either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appears on an English public stage for the first time, in the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare’s play Othello. 1813 – Premiere of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. 1927 – The Brookings Institution, one of the United States’ oldest think tanks, is founded through […]

December 7

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43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated. 1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. 1869 – American outlaw Jesse James commits his first confirmed bank robbery in Gallatin, Missouri. 1930 […]

December 6

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963 – Leo VIII elected Pope 1060 – Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary 1631 – First predicted transit of Venus (Kepler) is observed 1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1825 – Pres John Adams suggests establishment of a US observatory 1862 – Pres Lincoln […]

December 5

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771 – Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman. 1456 – Earthquake strikes Naples; about 35,000 die 1492 – Columbus discovers Hispaniola (El Espanola/Haiti) 1766 – London auctioneers Christie’s hold their first sale 1792 – George Washington re-elected  president 1876 – Fire at Brooklyn
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December 2

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1409 – The University of Leipzig opens. 1697 – St Paul’s Cathedral is consecrated in London. 1804 – At Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Napoleon Bonaparte crowns himself Emperor of the French. 1823 – Monroe Doctrine: In a State of the Union message, President James Monroe proclaims American neutrality in future European conflicts, and warns […]

December 1

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800 – Charlemagne judges the accusations against Pope Leo III in the Vatican. 1824 – United States presidential election, 1824: Since no candidate received a majority of the total electoral college votes in the election, the United States House of Representatives is given the task of deciding the winner in accordance with the Twelfth Amendment […]

November 30

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1782 – American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris). 1786 – The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, becomes the first modern state to abolish the death penalty (later […]