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This Day in History for Wednesday 20th August 2014

Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 197

2 - Venus and Jupiter in conjunction - possible astrological explanation for Star of Bethlehem
573 - Gregory of Tours selected bishop of Tours
636 - Battle at Yarmuk: Moslems beat Byzantines [or August 15]
917 - Battle at Anchialus: Bulgaria army counter attacks Byzantines
1000 - The foundation of the Hungarian state, Hungary is established as a Christian kingdom by Stephen I of Hungary.
1191 - Crusader King Richard I kills 3,000 muslim prisoners in Akko
1391 - Konrad von Wallenrode becomes the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.
1534 - Turkish admiral Chaireddin "Barbarossa" occupies Tunis
1566 - Iconoclasm reaches Antwerp, Belgium
1597 - 1st Dutch East India Company ships returned from Far East
1604 - Spanish garrison of Sluis surrenders to count Maurice
1619 - 1st Black slaves brought by Dutch to colony of Jamestown Virginia
1641 - England & Scotland sign Treaty of Pacification
1648 - Battle of Lens: French duke d'Enghien defeats Spaniards
1672 - Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis are brutally murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.

Famous Birthdays

Born Today

23rd US President Benjamin Harrison23rd US President Benjamin Harrison (1833)

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 231

1517 - Antoine Perrenot de Granvelle, cardinal/viceroy of Naples (1571-75)
1526 - Peter Opmeer, church historian/humanist (Historia Martyrum)
1561 - Jacopo Peri, composer
1625 - Thomas Corneille, French playwright
1632 - Louis Bourdaloue, French Jesuit preacher (d. 1704)
1637 - Cornelis Van Aerssen, Dutch governor/co-owner of Surinam
1665 - Bernardus Smijtegelt, vicar (Gekrookte Reed)
1666 - Alphonse d' Eve, composer
1702 - Stepan F graaf Apraksin, Russian general-fieldmarshal
1710 - Thomas Simpson, English mathematician (rules of Simpson)
1719 - Charles-François de Broglie, marquis de Ruffec, French soldier and diplomat (d. 1791)
1719 - Christian Mayer, Czech astronomer (d. 1783)
1720 - Bernard de Bury, composer
1756 - Bernardo Bittoni, composer
1764 - Charles F Bentinck, Dutch minister of Colonies

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 6 of 6

1836 - English novelist (Vanity Fair) William Makepeace Thackeray (25) marries Isabella Gethin Shawe (20)
1939 - "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine (21) weds actor Brian Aherne (37)
1992 - Rocker Sting weds Trudie Styler at an 11th century chapel in Wiltshire, England
2005 - "24" actress Sarah Wynter (32) weds "Details" magazine editor-in-chief Dan Peres in Sydney, Australia
2005 - Award-winning American news anchor Lauren Sanchez (35) weds prominent talent agent Patrick Whitesell at The Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara, California
2011 - Socialite and model Kim Kardashian (30) weds basketball player Kris Humphries (26) at a private estate in Montecito, California

Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 1 of 1

2012 - The man known primarily for gatecrashing the White House, Tareq Salahi (42) divorces socialite Michaele Salahi (46) due to adultery, desertion and construction desertion

Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph SchellingPhilosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling (1854)

Deaths 1 - 15 of 105

535 - Mochta of Louth, disciple of St. Patrick
984 - John XIV, [Petrus Canepanova], Italian Pope (983-84), dies
1153 - Bernard[us] van Clairvaux, French saint, dies
1384 - Geert Groote, Dutch founder of the Brethren of the Common Life, dies at 43
1538 - Aefgen Listinck, Dutch anabaptist, burned at stake
1572 - Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish conquistador (b. 1502)
1580 - Jeronymo Osorio, Portuguese historian (b. 1506)
1632 - Valentin de Boulogne, French painter, buried at 38
1639 - Martin Opitz, German poet/historian (Troerinnen), dies at 41
1643 - Anne Hutchinson, English Puritan preacher, killed in Native American uprising (b. 1591)
1648 - Edward Herbert of Cherbury, English military/philosopher, dies at 65
1672 - Cornelis de Witt, Dutch, statesman, lynched at 49
1672 - Johan de Witt, advisor of Holland, lynched
1679 - Jacob Alting, Dutch theologist, dies at 60
1680 - William Bedloe, English informer (b. 1650)

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