Sunday, July 15, 2012
July 15, 971 Saint Swithin, the Bishop of Winchester, was reburied inside his cathedral. The day is celebrated in England as Saint Swithin's Day. 1099 Jerusalem was captured by soldiers of the First Crusade, having been held by Islamic rulers since 655. 1149 The reconstructed Church of the Holy Sepulchre was consecrated in Jerusalem. 1207 King John of England expelled Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop Stephen Langton. 1381 John Ball, a leader in the Peasants' Revolt, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of King Richard II of England. 1799 The Rosetta Stone, the key to the translation of hieroglyphs, was discovered in Egypt by a French soldier.