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This Day in History for Saturday 2nd August 2014

Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 171

338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Battle of Chaeronea, securing Macedonian hegemony in Greece and the Aegean.
216 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of Cannae - Carthaginian army lead by Hannibal defeats numerically superior Roman army under command consuls Lucius Aemilius Paullus and Gaius Terentius Varro.
257 - St Stephen I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1057 - Frederik van Lotharingen elected as 1st Belgium Pope Stephen IX [X]
1100 - King William II of England (William Rufus) is killed by an arrow shot by Sir Walter Tyrell while hunting in the New Forest.
1492 - Jews are expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella
1542 - French troops leave Flanders
1552 - Treaty of Passau: Emperor Charles V accepts Lutheran religion
1578 - Battle of Rijmenam
1581 - Leiden University names Snellius math professor
1610 - Henry Hudson enters bay later named after him, the Hudson Bay
1665 - French expedition against Barbarians in Tunis/Algiers
1695 - Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer
1701 - Great Peace of Montreal signed between New France and North American Indian nations at urging of Huron chief Kondiaronk
1704 - Duke of Marlborough beats French & Bavarians at Blenheim

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

Washington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'EnfantWashington D.C. Architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant (1754)

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 261

1455 - Johan Cicero, elect of Brandenburg (1486-99)
1533 - Theodor Zwinger, Swiss scholar (d. 1588)
1627 - Samuel Dircksz van Hoogstraten, Dutch painter
1632 - Kaspar von Stieler, German poet (Teutsche Wolredner)
1672 - Johann Jakob Scheuchzer, Swiss scholar (d. 1733)
1674 - Philip II, Duke of Orléans, Regent of France (d. 1723)
1696 - Mahmud I, Sultan of Ottoman (Turkey) (1730-54)/fought Austria & Russia
1703 - Lorenzo Ricci, Italian Jesuit leader (d. 1775)
1723 - Nicolas de Pigage, French classical architect
1746 - Joan Lucaz, Dutch journalist/patriot
1754 - Pierre Charles L'Enfant, Anet France, architect laid out Wash DC, (d. 1825)
1775 - Jose Angel Lamas, composer
1788 - Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1853)
1802 - Nicholas Patrick Stephen Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster
1815 - Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German writer (d. 1894)

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

1882 - Education pioneer Booker T. Washington (26) weds Fanny Smith
1904 - Novelist Hermann Hesse (27) weds Maria Bernoulli
1970 - Songwriter Sammy Cahn marries Tita Curtis in Calif
1978 - Canadian singer-songwriter Neil Young (32) weds Pegi Morton
1982 - "Dangerous Liaisons" actor John Malkovich (28) weds film and stage actress Glenne Headly (27)
1997 - "Frazier" actor-comedian Kelsey Grammer (43) weds Playboy model Camille Donatacci (29) at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill HickokFolk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok (1876)

Deaths 1 - 15 of 122

257 - St Stephen I, bishop of Rome (Pope) (254-57)/heretic fighter, dies
640 - Severinus, Italian Pope (640), dies
686 - Pope John V, 1st Greek-Syrian Pope (685-86) dies
924 - Ælfweard of Wessex
1002 - Abu Amir Mohammed ibn Abd allah ibn Mohammed ibn Abi Amir, dies at 64
1075 - John VIII Xiphilinus, theologian/patriarch of Constantinople, dies
1100 - William II, [Rufus], king of England, shot in New Forest at 44
1222 - Count Raymond VI of Toulouse (b. 1156)
1511 - Andrew Barton, Scottish naval leader
1512 - Alessandro Achillini, Italian physician/philosopher, dies at 48
1589 - Henry III, king of Poland/France (1573-89), assassinated at 37
1600 - Arent van Dorp, Dutch governor of East-Zealand, dies at about 70
1611 - Kato Kiyomasa, Japanese warlord and samurai (b. 1562)
1649 - Elisabeth Bas, wife of Dutch Adm Swartenhondt, dies at about 78
1655 - Alfonso de la Cueva, Spanish marquis of Bedmar/diplomat, dies at 83

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