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1066 William the Conqueror's troops set sail for England. 1290 Earthquake in the Gulf of Chihli (Bohai Sea) near China, reportedly kills 100,000 people. 1540 Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola…
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1580 Frances Drake completes circumnavigation of the world, sailing into Plymouth aboard the Golden Hind. 1687 Acropolis in Athens attacked by Venetian army trying to eject Turks, damaging the Parthenon. 1687 City council of…
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1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge: English army under King Harold II defeat invading Norwegians led by King Harald Hardrada and Harold's brother Tostig, who were both killed. 1513 Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa…
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1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline. 1789 US Federal Judiciary Act passes, creating a six-person Supreme Court. 1869 Black Friday; Wall…
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1122 Concordat of Worms agreed between Pope Calixtus II and Holy Roman Emperor Henry V. 1821 Fall of Tripolitsa, Greek forces massacre 30,000 Turks during Greek War of Independence. 1846 Astronomer Johann Gottfried…
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1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft (8) in the US, 19 hanged overall, with six other deaths during Salem Witch Trials. 1792 French First Republic formed by the National Convention,…
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1621 King James I of England gives Sir William Alexander a royal charter for colonisation of Nova Scotia. 1792 French Revolution: The National Convention passes a proclamation announcing the formal…
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451 - Roman General Flavius Aetius defeats Attila the Hun at The Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (Chalons-sur-Marne), halting Hun invasion of Roman Gaul. 622 - Islamic Prophet Muhammed/Abu Bakr arrives in Jathrib (Medina).  1519 - Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand…
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1356 - English forces under Edward the Black Prince defeat French at Battle of Poitiers and capture the French King during the Hundred Years' War. 1870 - Siege of Paris by Prussian Forces begins (lasts until…
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1811 - British East India Company force led by Baron Minto conquers Java, part of the Dutch East Indies, Stamford Raffles appointed lieutenant governor. 1812 - Great Fire of Moscow burns out after 5 days, 75% of…
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In 1943, the Allies begin their invasion of Axis-controlled Europe with landings on the island of Sicily. In 1962 the United States Patent Office issued the Swedish engineer Nils Bohlin a patent…
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