Category Archives: 08 August

Today in HisStory – August 31

St. Aidan of Lindisfarne, who evangelized Northumbria, England, died. (651 AD) Byzantine Empress Theodora became ill, died suddenly a few days later. She had no children to succeed the throne. This ended the Macedonian dynasty. (1056) This was the likely … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 30

European leaders outlawed the crossbow intending to end war for all time. (1146) At the beginning of the Battle of Lake Poyang, two Chinese rebel leaders, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, pitted against each other during Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. It … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 29

According to tradition, John the Baptist was beheaded on this date. (28 AD) The Coptic Church’s Calendar of the Martyrs began on this day. It commemorated those who died for their faith during the rule of Diocletian the Roman Emperor. … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 28

Oldest city in the US, St Augustine Florida, was established. (1565) Henry Hudson discovered explored the Delaware Bay. (1609) Elizabeth Ann Bayley is born in New York City. She was the first American born Roman Catholic saint. (1777) William Herschel … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 27

During the Greco-Persian Wars, at the Battle of Plataea, Persian forces led by Mardonius were routed by Greek army under Pausanias. This halted the Persian invasion of Greece. (479 BC) Books by poet John Milton were ordered burned because of … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 26

In the Battle of Crecy in Normandy the English annihilated the French ending the 100 Year War because of the use of a new weapon, the long bow. (1346) Michelangelo was commissioned by Pope Alexander VI to carve the Pieta, … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 25

Council of Nicaea ended with the adoption of the Nicene Creed establishing the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. (325 AD) Children’s crusade under Nicolas age 10 reached Genoa. (1212) Archbishop Langton met with several barons and the prelates of England … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 24

Mt Vesuvius erupted. It buried Pompeii and Herculaneum and killed 15,000. (79 AD) Rome fell to Alaric and his Visigoth armies when someone opened the city gate from within. This was considered the Fall of the Roman Empire. (410 AD) … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory August 23

Mount Vesuvius began stirring on feast day of Vulcan, Roman god of fire. The next day, it destroyed Pompeii. (79 AD) William Wallace, Scottish patriot, was executed for high treason by Edward I of England. (1305) St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre … Continue reading

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Today in HisStory – August 22

Celtic missionary and abbot Columba confronts a monster at Loch Ness, becoming the first recorded observer of the creature. (565 AD) Paul Craw, Bohemian Hussite, was burned to death before St. Andrews in Scotland, the first martyr burned there. A … Continue reading

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