Monday, June 20, 2011
June 20, 404 the first Cathedral of Santa Sophia in Constantinople was burned to the ground by rioters. 451 Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius' battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, but since Attila retreated,the Romans claimed victory. 1214 The University of Oxford received its charter. 1631 The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates. 1652 Tarhoncu Ahmet Paşa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653. 1685 Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.