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This Day in History - December 31

December 31 406 – 80,000 Vandals, Alans, and Suebians cross the Rhine at Mainz, beginning an invasion of Gallia 1384 – English theologian, John Wycliffe dies 1600 – Queen Elizabeth I grants a f

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This Day in History - December 30

December 30 1460 – The Duke of York is killed by forces under Henry VI, at the Battle of Wakefield during the Wars of the Roses 1703 – Nearly 37,000 die in an earthquake in Tokyo 1803 – The US

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This Day in History - December 29

December 29 1170 – Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, is murdered in Canterbury Cathedral by four knights of Henry II, on orders of the king 1607 – John Smith’s life is spared because of

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This Day in History - December 28

December 28 1065 – Westminster Abbey is consecrated 1612 – Galileo observes a “fixed star,” not realizing that he was observing the planet Neptune 1688 – William of Orange storms Lo

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This Day in History - December 27

December 27 1512 – The Spanish issue the Laws of Burgos, governing the conduct of settlers with regards to native Indians in the New World 1571 – German astronomer and mathematician, Johannes Kepler is

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This Day in History - December 26

December 26 1492 – The first Spanish settlement La Navidad in the New World is founded by Christopher Columbus 1606 – William Shakespeare’s King Lear is performed at the court of King Ja