Sunday, August 18, 2013

History Trivia - King Alarik I, King of the Visigoths, occupies and plunders Rome,

August 18

293 BC The oldest known Roman temple to Venus was founded, starting the institution of Vinalia Rustica (festival sacred to Jupiter).

328 Saint Helena, the mother of Roman Emperor Constantine the Great, died at age 82.

410 King Alarik I, King of the Visigoths, occupied and plundered Rome, which marked a decisive event in the decline of the Roman Empire.

1201 The city of Riga(Baltics) was founded, and became a thriving center of Viking trade.

227 Genghis Khan, the great Mongol conqueror, died at age 60.

1572 The future Huguenot King Henry IV of Navarre was married to Marguerite de Valois, in a supposed attempt to reconcile Protestants and Catholics.

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