On This Day in History for October 18

Events in History

  • 707 John VII ends his reign as Catholic Pope
  • 1009 The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacks the Church's foundations down to bedrock
  • 1016 Danes defeat Saxons at Battle of Assandun (Ashingdon)
  • 1081 Battle of Dyrrhachium: Southern Italian Normans under Robert Guiscard defeat Byzantine army under Alexios I Komnenos (modern Durrës, Albania)
  • 1240 Ukrainian city of Chernigov surrenders, despite this still sacked and pillaged by Mongolian army of Batu
  • 1267 Battle at Marienholz: Henry III, Otto II van Gelre beat Keuls archbishop Engelbert III
  • 1356 Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroys Basel in Switzerland.
  • 1386 Opening of the University of Heidelberg
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Weddings in History

  • 1869 Sardinia king Victor Emmanuel II (49) weds his mistress Rosa Vercellana (36) in Italy
  • 1926 Communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh (36) weds midwife Zeng Xueming (21) in Guangzhou

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