Today In History
756 - Abd-al-Rahman I becomes emir of Cordova, Spain

884 - Marinus I ends his reign as Catholic Pope
1004 - Henry II the Saint crowned king of Italy
1213 - King John of England names Stephen Langton as Archbishop of Canterbury
1248 - Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden lays cornerstone for Cologne cathedral
1252 - Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.
1492 - Cheese & Bread rebellion: German mercenaries kill 232 residents of Alkmaar, Netherlands
1514 - Jodocus Badius Ascensius publishes Christiern Pedersen's Latin version of Saxo's Gesta Danorum, the oldest known version of that work.
1525 - The battle of Frankenhausen: German peasant army surrounded, 5,000 slaughtered ; ends the peasants' uprising
1536 - Anne Boleyn & brother George, Lord Rochford, accused of adultery and incest
1572 - Louis van Nassau & huguenots occupy Valenciennes
1602 - Cape Cod discovered by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold
1610 - Parliament of Paris appoints Louis XIII (8) as French king
1618 - Johannes Kepler discovers harmonics law
1625 - 16 rebellious farmers hanged in Vocklamarkt, Upper-Austria