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618 – Coronation of the Chinese governor Li Yuan as Emperor Gaozu of Tang, the new Emperor of China, initiating three centuries of the Tang Dynasty’s rule over China. 860 – Swedish Vikings attack Constantinople 1178 – Five monks at Canterbury report explosion on moon (only known observation) 1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia 1812 […]

Today in History June 11

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1578 – England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore and colonize North America 1644 – Florentine scientists describe invention of the barometer 1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove, a metal lined fireplace with a hollow baffle and inverted siphon. The stove serves to produce more heat but less smoke than an ordinary stove. […]

Today in History June 7

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1099 – First Crusade: The Siege of Jerusalem begins. 1628 – The Petition of Right, a major English constitutional document, is granted the Royal Assent by Charles I and becomes law. It was passed by the House of Commons in 1628 in response to years of abuse by the King regarding forced billeting of soldiers, […]

Today in History May 25

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567 BC – Servius Tullius, the king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans. 240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet. 1521 – The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw. 1738 – A treaty […]

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1218 – The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt. 1626 – Peter Minuit buys Manhattan. 1830 – “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is published. 1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message “What hath God wrought” (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol […]

Today in History May 23

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1430 – Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English 1493 – King Charles VIII and Maximilian I of Austria sign Peace of Senlis 1536 – Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition 1568 – The Netherlands declare independence from Spain. 1701 – Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being […]

Today in History May 22

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334 BC – The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus 760 – 14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet 1570 – First atlas ‘Theatrum Orbis Terrarum’ (Theatre of the World), published by Abraham Ortelius in Antwerp with 70 maps 1803 – First public library […]

Today in History May 21

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878 – Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. 1260 – Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire sends his envoy Hao Jing and two other advisors to the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong of Song; while attempting to negotiate with the Song in order to resolve their conflict, Hao Jing and his […]

Today in History May 18

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332 – Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople. 1565 – The Great Siege of Malta begins, in which Ottoman forces attempt and fail to conquer Malta. 1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal. 1756 – The Seven Years’ War begins […]

Today in History May 15

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1004 – Henry II the Saint crowned King of Italy 1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad ex stirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.  1602 – Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold 1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world’s first […]