On September 4
476 Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, was deposed
when the barbarian Odoacer proclaimed himself King of Italy, and ended the
Western Roman Empire.
925 Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, was crowned King of England. First elected
king of Wessex and Mercia, Athelstan was crowned king of the entire country at
1241 Alexander III of Scotland was born. The reign of Alexander was
considered a golden age by Scots involved in struggles with England after his
1666 (September 2-5) Great Fire of London destroyed the medieval city of
London inside the old Roman city wall. The fire also threatened but spared the
aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall;
unfortunately St. Paul's cathedral was destroyed.