On This Day in History for December 17

Events in History

  • 283 St Gaius begins his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 546 Gothic War (535-554): The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison.
  • 920 Romanos I is crowned as co-emperor of the underage Emperor Constantine VII.
  • 942 Assassination of William I Longsword, 2nd Duke of Normandy.
  • 1206 Crusader Wallon de Sarton presents Bishop of Amiens Richard de Gerberoy with purported skull of John the Baptist, stolen from Constantinople (Amiens cathedral later built to house it)
  • 1398 Tamerlane captures and sacks Delhi, defeating Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies by setting camels loaded with hay alight and charging them at the Sultan's armored elephants
  • 1526 Ferdinand of Austria chosen as King of Bohemia
  • 1531 Pope Clemens VII publishes decree "Cum ad nihil magis"- introduces Inquisition into Portugal at Evora, Coimbra, and Lisbon
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