On This Day in History for April 17

Events in History

  • 858 Benedict III's reign as Catholic Pope ends with his death
  • 1387 Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" characters begin their pilgrimage to Canterbury (according to scholars)
  • 1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus signs a contract with the Spanish monarchs to find the "Indies" with the stated goal of converting people to Catholicism. This promises him 10% of all riches found, and the governorship of any lands encountered.
  • 1524 Giovanni Verrazano, a Florentine navigator, discovers New York Bay
  • 1534 Thomas More confined in the Tower of London
  • 1555 Siena surrenders to Spanish troops
  • 1596 Archduke Albrecht of Austria occupies Calais
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