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1418: Burgundians take Paris, Dauphin escapes Source: ToW
1453: Turks take Constantinople, Constantinople fell to the Turks
After a siege lasting weeks; the forces of Mehmed II at last breached
the walls that had stood impenetrable for more than a thousand years,
and the city fell. With the Fall of Constantinople, the Eastern Roman
Empire (Byzantium) ended, and with it the last piece of Rome after
2000 years. This caused a revival of Greek language and literature in
the west, due to refugees fleeing to Venice and elsewhere. This in
turn led to a revival of biblical scholarship, which was one of the
contributing factors to the Reformation.
1500: Dias d.,
Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (or Diaz), led the first
European expedition to arrive to the Cape of Good Hope, drowned today
as a storm destroyed four of his ships. Dias had the East Indies as
destination. His expedition was nearing the Cape of Good Hope. Dias
arrived at Mossel Bay, South Africa, in 1488, where today stands the
1588: Spanish Armada sails, The Invincible Armada, led by the Duke of
Medina Sedonia, sails.
1660: Restoration, of Charles II, the Scottish Parliament, and
1852: David Sutherland Sinclair b., Brooks Co., Ga.
1889: James 16th Earl of Caithness,
Cousin of the 15th Earl.
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