43 BC The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus
(Octavian, later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony was
579 Pelagius II became Pope.
When assistance from Emperor Tiberius II of Byzantium was not
forthcoming, Pelagius convinced the Christian Franks to defend Rome from
encroaching Lombards. He attempted to end a schism in the Church over the Three
Chapters Controversy and began a controversy of his own when St. John IV the
Faster, Bishop of Constantinople, assumed the title of "ecumenical
patriarch" (a position that made him the equal of Pelagius, if not his superior).
Pelagius was also responsible for building projects in Rome and turned his home
into a hospital that was of great assistance when the city was struck by a
disastrous flood. He himself died of the plague.
783 the Asturian queen
Adosinda was put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne
885 Danish Vikings attacked Paris and were paid by the
Frankish emperor Charles the Fat (great grandson of Charlemagne) not to destroy the city as they had in 845 and
1476 Vlad III Dracula defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the
Great and Stephen V Bathory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third
1703 Hurricane-force winds killed as many as 8,000 people as the Great
Storm swept southern England. Bristol incurred heavy damage and the Royal Navy lost