On This Day in History for April 8

Events in History

  • 217 Roman Emperor Caracalla is assassinated (and succeeded) by his Praetorian Guard prefect, Marcus Opellius Macrinus
  • 1093 The new Winchester Cathedral is dedicated by bishop Walkelin in Winchester, England
  • 1139 Roger II of Sicily is excommunicated
  • 1149 Pope Eugene III takes refuge in the castle of Ptolemy II of Tusculum
  • 1195 Alexius III Angelus drives out brother Isaak II as Byzantine emperor
  • 1232 Mongol army under General Subedei begins the siege of Chinese Jin capital of Kaifeng - 1st occasion gunpowder used in a major engagement
  • 1271 Krak des Chevaliers, the greatest fortress built by medieval crusaders in the Levant, is finally taken by the forces of Mamlūk sultan Baybars I
  • 1341 Petrarch crowned a poet on the Capitoline Hill in Rome
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Weddings in History

  • 1716 Duke Karel Leopold of Mecklenburg-Schwerin signs covenant with Russia & marries Tsar Peter the Great's niece
  • 1779 US Defector General Benedict Arnold (38) weds Peggy Shippen (18) at Shippen's townhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1907 American industrialist Henry J. Kaiser (24) weds Bess Fosburgh in Boston, Massachusetts

Divorces in History

  • 2005 Prince Joachim of Denmark (35) divorces Countess of Frederiksborg Alexandra (40) after 9 years of marriage

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