On This Day in History for February 17

Events in History

  • 1370 Battle at Rudau: Germany beats Lithuania
  • 1461 Wars of the Roses: Second Battle of St Albans - Lancastrian army defeats Yorkists and recaptures King Henry VI
  • 1500 Battle of Hemmingstedt - German peasant army repels ducal army of Schleswig and Holstein
  • 1510 Portuguese admiral Afonso de Albuquerque first conquers the city of Goa, entering it with little conflict
  • 1568 Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II agrees to pay tribute to the Ottoman Empire for peace
  • 1598 Boris Godunov chosen as Tsar of Russia
  • 1600 Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno is burned alive at Campo de' Fiori in Rome, convicted of heresy by the Roman Inquisition [1]
  • 1621 Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony
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Weddings in History

  • 1841 Dutch ex-king Willem I marries Henriette d'Oultremont de Wégimont
  • 1906 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter Alice marries in the White House
  • 1955 Novelist J. D. Salinger (36) weds Claire Douglas

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