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Historical Events

Events 

538 - Witiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ends his siege of Rome and retreats to Ravenna, leaving the city in the hands of the victorious Roman general, Belisarius.
1054 - Pope Leo IX escapes captivity & returns to Rome
1088 - Odo of Lagery elected as Pope Urban II, succeeding Victor III
1144 - Gherardo Caccianemici elected Pope Lucius II, succeeding Callistus II
1350 - Orvieto city says it will behead & burn Jewish-Christian couples
1365 - University of Vienna founded
1455 - First record of Johann Gutenberg’s Bible, letter dated this day by Enea Silvio Piccolomini refers to the bible printed a year before
1496 - Jews are expelled from Syria
1572 - Luis Vaz de Camoes publishes “Os Lusíados” in Portugal
1594 - Company of Distant established for business on East-Indies
1597 - England routes troops to Amiens
1609 - Bermuda becomes an English colony
1619 - Dutch settlement on Java changes name to Batavia
1622 - Ignatius of Loyola declared a saint
1642 - Abel Tasman is 1st European in New Zealand

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

Writer Jack Kerouac

Writer Jack Kerouac (1922)Birthdays 

1270 - Charles of Valois, son of Philip III of France (d. 1325)
1336 - Eduard, Duke of Gelre (1361-71) husband of Catharina of Bayern
1479 - Giuliano de’ Medici, monarch of Florence
1515 - Caspar Othmayr, composer
1607 - Paul Gerhardt, German hymnist (d. 1676)
1613 - André Le Nôtre, French landscape architect (d. 1700)
1620 - Johann Heinrich Hottinger, Swiss philologist and theologian (d. 1667)
1626 - John Aubrey, English antiquary and writer (d. 1697)
1637 - Anne Hyde, wife of James II of England (d. 1671)
1647 - Victor-Maurice, comte de Broglie, French general (d. 1727)
1672 - Richard Steele, Irish writer and politician (d. 1729)
1685 - George Berkeley, Ireland, philosopher/bishop of Cloyne
1710 - Thomas Augustine Arne, English composer (Alfred, Rule Britannia)
1718 - Joseph Damer, English politician (d. 1798)
1755 - Georges Couthon, French politician

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 

1969 - Paul McCartney marries Linda Louise Eastman in London

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse

Entrepreneur and Engineer George Westinghouse (1914)Deaths 

417 - Innocent I, Italian Pope (401-417), dies
604 - Gregory I the Great, Pope (590-604), dies at 64
1209 - Djamal al-din Abu Mohammed Iljas Nizami, Persian poet, dies
1289 - King Demetre II of Georgia (b. 1259)
1374 - Emperor Go-Kogon of Japan (b. 1336)
1447 - Shah Rukh, ruler of Persia and Transoxonia (b. 1377)
1471 - Dionysius the Carthusian/van Rijkel, Dutch scholastic theologist, dies
1496 - Johannes de Lapide, [Johan Heynlin], German philosopher, dies
1507 - Cesare Borgia, cardinal/soldier/politician, killed in battle at 31
1563 - John Bull, composer of British natl anthem (God Save The King), dies
1570 - Jacob van den Eynden, Grand Pensionary of Holland, dies
1608 - Koriki Kiyonaga, Japanese warlord (b. 1530)
1628 - John Bull, English organist/composer, dies
1648 - Tirso de Molina, Spanish author, dies at about 63
1681 - French van Mieris, the Elder, Dutch genre painter, dies at 45

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Historical Events

Events 

1377 - Cardinal Robert of Geneva (anti-pope Clemens VII) starts term
1377 - Mass execution of population of Cesena, Italy
1451 - Sultan Mehmed II inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire.
1488 - Bartholomeus Diaz discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)
1509 - The Battle of Diu, between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire takes place in Diu, India.
1576 - Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris
1591 - German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau
1653 - Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
1660 - General Moncks army reaches London
1690 - 1st paper money in America issued (colony of Mass)
1740 - Charles de Bourbon, King of Naples, invites Jews to return to Sicily
1743 - Philadelphia establishes a “pesthouse” to quarantine immigrants
1752 - Dutch States-General forbid export of windmills
1781 - Dutch West Indies island of St Eustatia taken by British
1783 - Spain recognizes US independence

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

Physician Elizabeth Blackwell

Physician Elizabeth Blackwell (1821)Birthdays 
1338 - Jeanne de Bourbon, wife of Charles V of France (d. 1378)
1368 - Charles VI, King of France (1380-1422)
1525 - Giovanni Perluigi da Palestrina, composer
1648 - Louis Bouteiller, composer
1655 - Francois Fagel, Dutch fieldmarshal, baptized
1677 - Jan Santini Aichel, Czech architect (d. 1723)
1690 - Richard Rawlinson, English minister (d. 1755)
1721 - Friedrich Wilhelm von Seydlitz, Prussian general (d. 1773)
1736 - Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austria organist/composer
1740 - Guillaume Lasceux, composer
1747 - Samuel Osgood, American patriot (d. 1813)
1755 - Florido Tomeoni, composer
1763 - Caroline von Wolzogen, [von Lengefeld], German author
1784 - John Fane graaf van Westmorland, English (opera)composer/diplomat
1795 - Antonio José de Sucre, South American independence leader (d. 1830)

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 

1112 - Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
1547 - Russian czar Ivan IV (17) marries Anastasia Romanova
1994 - Actor Jean-Claude van Damme (32) weds Darcy Lapier (28) in Bangkok
2006 - “The Science Guy” Bill Nye (50) weds author/oboist Blair Tindall at Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles
2006 - Academy Award-winning actress Glenn Close (58) weds David Evans Shaw in Maine
2007 - Winner of “Strictly Come Dancing and “Eastenders” actress Jill Halfpenny (31) weds actor Craig Conway (32) at St. Andrew’s Church in Newcastle
2007 - Jackass prankster Bam Margera (27) weds Missy Rothstein (26) in downtown Philadelphia

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

US President Woodrow Wilson

US President Woodrow Wilson (1924)Deaths 
474 - Leo I, Byzantine Emperor (457-74), dies
619 - Laurence of Canterbury, 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury
699 - Saint Werburgh
865 - Ansgar/Anscharius/Oskar, German 1st (arch)bishop of Hamburg/saint, dies
1014 - Sweyn Forkbeard, Viking king of Denmark, Norway and England (1013-14), dies
1014 - King Sweyn I of Denmark
1116 - King Coloman of Hungary (b. 1070)
1399 - John of Ghent, duke of Lancaster/king of Castile & Leon, dies at 58
1428 - Ashikaga Yoshimochi, Japanese shogun (b. 1386)
1451 - Murad II, sultan of Turkey (1421-51), dies
1468 - Johann Gensfleisch Gutenberg, printer, dies
1536 - Garcia de Resende, Port writer/publisher (Cancioneiro Geral), dies
1558 - Alfonsus de Castro, Spanish theologist (council of Trente), dies
1566 - George Cassander, Flemish theologian (b. 1513)
1602 - Paul Melissus, [Paul Schede], German poet/composer, dies at 62

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