On This Day in History for January 8

Events in History

  • 871 Battle of Ashdown: Ethelred I of Wessex and his brother Alfred the Great beat invading Danish army
  • 1198 Lotario di Segni elected Pope Innocentius III
  • 1214 Earl Ferrand of Flanders drops ties with France
  • 1297 Monaco gains its independence.
  • 1310 The Great Frost: in London the Thames river froze so thickly bonfires were lit on it
  • 1558 French troops under Duc de Guise occupy Calais
  • 1598 Jews are expelled from Genoa, Italy
  • 1610 German astronomer Simon Marius independently discovers the first three moons of Jupiter one day after Galileo
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Weddings in History

  • 1811 US Vice President John C. Calhoun (28) weds Floride Bonneau (19)
  • 1930 Belgium Princess Marie-Jose marries Italian's crown prince Umberto
  • 2017 Dutch-American "Dancing with the Stars" pro Louis Van Amstel (44) weds American health coach Joshua Lancaster (27) in Sundance, Utah

Divorces in History

  • 1499 Louis XII of France after papal divorce marries Anne, Duchess of Brittany to keep duchy for the crown

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