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#TodayInHistory – December 12

December 12 – Some important events on this day. 627 👉🏼 Battle at Nineveh: Byzantine Emperor Heraclius beats Sassanid forces during Byzantine-Sassanid War 1694 👉🏼 The Royal Society censures Edmond […]

#TodayInHistory – December 11

December 11 – Some important events on this day. 1282 👉🏼 Llywelyn ab Gruffydd/Llywelyn the Last, last native Prince of Wales is killed at Cilmeri, near Builth Wells, south Wales. […]

10# A spider for Christmas?

Long, long ago, on one Christmas Eve, the spiders were banished from homes as they were cleaned for Christmas and their webs were broken. They just managed to survive, and […]

#TodayInHistory – December 10

December 10 – Some important events on this day. 1510 👉🏼 Muslim ruler of Goa, Yusuf Adil Shah and his Ottoman allies surrender to Portuguese forces led by Afonso de […]

#TodayInHistory – December 9

December 9 – Some important events on this day. 536 👉🏼 Byzantine General Belisarius enters Rome while the Ostrogothic garrison peacefully leaves the city, returning the old capital to its […]

8# The legend of Christmas Robin

The little red-breasted, cheerful robins, often called also the Christmas robins, indicate the season of sun and spring. This rather ordinary bird holds such tremendous importance to Christmas that probably […]

#TodayInHistory – December 8

December 8 – Some important events on this day. 1326 👉🏼 Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi 1609 👉🏼 Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan opens its reading […]

#TodayInHistory – December 7

December 7 – Some important events on this day. 43 BC 👉🏼 Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator and politician is assassinated in Formiae 1696 👉🏼 Connecticut Route 108, one of […]

6# Why do we kiss under the mistletoe?

Kissing under sprigs of mistletoe, one of the most famous symbols of Christmas, is a well-known holiday tradition. However, this little plant’s history as a symbolic herb dates back thousands […]

#TodayInHistory – December 6

December 6 – Some important events on this day. 1196 👉🏼 Northern Dutch coast flooded, “Saint-Nicolas Flood” 1240 👉🏼 Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev; out of 50,000 […]

#TodayInHistory – December 5

December 5 – Some important events on this day. 771 👉🏼 Charlemagne becomes the sole King of the Franks after the death of his brother Carloman 1349 👉🏼 500 Jews […]

#TodayInHistory – December 4

December 4 – Some important events on this day. 1154 👉🏼 Adrian IV elected Pope. The only Englishman to become pontiff, Nicholas Breakspear was a member of the family which […]

Abandoned Bunkers of Salpalinja, Finland

In the early 1940s, tensions were high in Finland, as locals suspected that the Soviet Union, not satisfied with the territorial gains they had made during the Winter War (1939–1940), […]

#TodayInHistory – December 3

December 3 – Some important events on this day. 1586 👉🏼 Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Colombia 1676 👉🏼 Battle of Lund (Scanian War): Swedish army of […]

#TodayInHistory – December 2

December 2 – Some important events on this day. 1409 👉🏼 The University of Leipzig opens 1620 👉🏼 English language newspaper “Namloos” begins publishing in Amsterdam 1682 👉🏼 Anthony Ashley […]

1# The myths and legends behind Christmas

Christmas is usually considered a Christian festival, but it’s probably the most syncretized holiday on the calendar. The Puritans banned it in England during Cromwell’s dictatorship, from 1647 to 1660, […]

The fish dish that killed a King…

England’s King Henry I died aged 66 on this day, December 1, 1135 after eating what was described at the time as “a surfeit of lampreys”. Of course, his death […]

#TodayInHistory – December 1

December 1 – Some important events on this day. 1135 👉🏼 England’s King Henry I died aged 66 after eating what was described at the time as “a surfeit of […]

#TodayInHistory – November 30

November 30 – Some important events on this day. 1016 👉🏼 Cnut the Great [Canute], King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’ 1406 👉🏼 […]