On This Day … 02 July

Events 437 – Emperor Valentinian III begins his reign over the Western Roman Empire. His mother Galla Placidia ends her regency, but continues to exercise political influence at the court in Rome. 626 – Li Shimin, the future Emperor Taizong of Tang, ambushes and kills his rival brothers Li Yuanji and Li Jiancheng in the… Read More

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On This Day … 01 July

Events AD 69 – Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552 – Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under Narses defeat the Ostrogoths in Italy, and the Ostrogoth king, Totila, is mortally wounded. 1097 – Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeat… Read More

On This Day … 30 June

Events 763 – The Byzantine army of emperor Constantine V defeats the Bulgarian forces in the Battle of Anchialus. 1422 – Battle of Arbedo between the duke of Milan and the Swiss cantons. 1521 – Spanish forces defeat a combined French and Navarrese army at the Battle of Noáin during the Spanish conquest of Iberian… Read More

On This Day … 29 June

Events 1149 – Raymond of Poitiers is defeated and killed at the Battle of Inab by Nur ad-Din Zangi. 1444 – Skanderbeg defeats an Ottoman invasion force at Torvioll. 1534 – Jacques Cartier is the first European to reach Prince Edward Island. 1644 – Charles I of England defeats a Parliamentarian detachment at the Battle… Read More

On This Day … 28 June

Events 572 – Assassination of Alboin, King of the Lombards. 1098 – Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul. 1360 – Muhammed VI becomes the tenth Nasrid king of Granada after killing his brother-in-law Ismail II. 1461 – Edward IV is crowned King of England. 1519 – Charles V is elected Emperor of… Read More

On This Day … 27 June

Events 1358 – The Republic of Ragusa is founded (later conquered by Napoleon’s French Empire and formally annexed by the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy in 1808). 1497 – Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London, England. 1743 – In the Battle of Dettingen, George II becomes the last reigning… Read More

On This Day … 26 June

Events 4 AD – Augustus adopts Tiberius. 221 – Roman emperor Elagabalus adopts his cousin Alexander Severus as his heir and receives the title of Caesar. 363 – Roman emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sasanian Empire. 1243 – Mongols defeat the Seljuk Turks at the Battle of Köse Dağ. 1295 –… Read More