On This Day in History

Events in History

  • 49 BC Julius Caesar's general Gaius Scribonius Curio is defeated in the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio commits suicide to avoid capture.
  • 79 Mt Vesuvius erupts, buries Roman Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die
  • 410 Rome overrun by Visigoths under Alaric I for the first time in nearly 800 years, seen as the fall of the Western Roman Empire
  • 1215 Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid
  • 1217 Battle of South Foreland: English fleet beats France
  • 1349 6,000 Jews, blamed for the Plague, are killed in Mainz
  • 1349 Jews of Cologne Germany set themselves on fire to avoid baptism
  • 1391 Jews of Palma, Mallorca, massacred
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Weddings in History

Divorces in History

  • 1976 Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (59) divorces her sixth husband, toy inventor Jack Ryan (49) after 1 year of marriage