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This Day in History for Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Historical Events

Events 1 - 15 of 179

215 BC - A temple is built on the Capitoline Hill dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene.
1014 - King Brian Boru of Ireland beats Danes at Battle of Clontarf
1154 - Damascus surrenders to sultan Nur ad-Din van Aleppo
1229 - Ferdinand III of Castile conquers Cáceres.
1343 - St. George's Night Uprising in Estonia
1348 - 1st English order of knighthood founded (Order of Garter)
1500 - Pedro Cabral lands & annexes Brazil (Terra da Vera Cruz)
1501 - Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral & 6 ships return to Lisbon
1504 - King Maximilian I routes troops to Bavaria
1597 - William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance.
1616 - Netherlands buys De Briel/Vlissingen/Fort Rammekens from England
1633 - Sweden & Protestant German monarchy form Union of Heilbronn
1635 - Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded
1660 - Treaty of Oliwa is established between Sweden and Poland.
1661 - English king Charles II crowned in London

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Famous Birthdays

Born Today

US President James BuchananUS President James Buchanan (1791)

Birthdays 1 - 15 of 272

1170 - Isabelle of Hainaut, queen of France (d. 1190)
1185 - King Afonso II of Portugal (d. 1223)
1464 - Johanna van Valois, Queen of France
1464 - Robert Fayrfax, composer
1484 - Julius Caesar Scaliger, Italy, scholar (On the Subtlety of Things)
1500 - Alexander Alesius, [Aless/Alane], System theologist/physician
1500 - Alexander Ales, Scottish theologian (d. 1565)
1516 - Georg Fabricius, German poet, historian, and archaeologist (d. 1571)
1564 - William Shakespeare, Stratford upon Avon, English Poet and playwright, traditionally regarded as his birthdate
1598 - Maarten Harpertszoon Tromp, naval commander
1621 - William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670)
1623 - Jan Adam Reincken, composer
1628 - Johann van Waveren Hudde, Dutch mathematician (d. 1704)
1629 - John Commelin, director (Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam)
1649 - Andreas Kneller, composer

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Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

1927 - Mary Barbara Hamilton (25,)best-selling British romantic author, marries 1st husband Alexander McQorquodale
1956 - Novelist C. S. Lewis (57) weds poet Joy Davidman (41) at the register office in Oxford, England
2006 - "Rascal Flatts" guitarist Joe Don Rooney (30) weds Playboy's 2005 Playmate of The Year Tiffany Fallon (31) in an intimate ceremony held on the beach at San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

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Famous Divorces

Divorces 1 - 3 of 3

1982 - Professional boxer George Foreman (33) divorces Sharon Goodson after 7 months of marriage
1992 - British Princess Anne (the Princess Royal)and her 1st husband Captain Mark Phillips divorce after 19 years
1993 - Motley Crue's Mike Mars files for divorce from Emi-Canyn

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Famous Deaths

Passed Away Today

Author Miguel de Cervantes SaavedraAuthor Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1616)

Deaths 1 - 15 of 125

34 - Christ, crucified, according to Isaac Newton
303 - Saint George, Greek officer in the Roman army, beheaded. Patron saint of many lands including England
725 - Wihtred, King of Kent
871 - Ethelred I, king of Wessex/brother of Alfred the Great, dies
990 - Ekkehart II, [Palatinus], monk to St-Gallen/poet, dies
997 - Vojtech "Adalbert" of Prague, 2nd bishop of Prague/apostle, dies at 40
1014 - Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, dies in battle at Clontarf
1016 - Æthelred II "the Unready", king of England (979-1016), dies
1151 - Queen Adeliza of England (b. 1103)
1217 - King Inge II of Norway (b. 1185)
1407 - Olivier de Clisson, French soldier (b. 1326)
1416 - Blaise/Blasius of Parma, Ital astrologist/philosopher/algebra, dies
1605 - Boris Godunov, chief adviser to Tsar Fyodor I and Tsar of Russia (1598-1605), dies after a lengthy illness and a stroke at approximately 20
1616 - Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Spanish writer (Don Quixote), dies at 69
1616 - William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright (b. 1564) (Julian calendar) dies aged 52

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