On This Day in History for February 3

Events in History

  • 1377 Mass execution of population (between 2,500 and 5,000) of Cesena, Italy, by Breton troops of Giovanni Acuto under the command of Robert, Cardinal of Geneva, acting as the legate of Pope Gregory XI
  • 1451 Sultan Mehmed II, the Conqueror inherits the throne of the Ottoman Empire
  • 1488 Bartolomeu Dias discovers Mosselbaai (Angra dos Vaqueros)
  • 1509 The Battle of Diu, naval battle at port of Diu, India between Portugal and the Ottoman Empire, establishes Portuguese trading control
  • 1576 Henry of Navarre (future Henry IV) escapes from Paris
  • 1591 German monarchy forms Protestant Union of Torgau
  • 1634 Most elaborate masque of the Carolinian age - "The Triumph of Peace" held at Whitehall Palace, London, in front of King Charles I, written by James Shirley with sets by Inigo Jones
  • 1653 Cardinal Mazarin returns to Paris from exile
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Weddings in History

  • 1112 Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona and Douce I of Provence marry, uniting the fortunes of those two states.
  • 1547 Russian Tsar Ivan IV [Ivan the Terrible] (17) marries Anastasia Romanova (17)
  • 1910 Author James Weldon Johnson (38) weds civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson (24) at her family's home

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