Thursday, September 26, 2013

History Trivia - The Parthenon in Athens severely damaged by gunpowder explosion

Sept 26

46 BC Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

 715 Ragenfrid defeated Theudoald at the Battle of Compi├Ęgne, the first definite battle of the civil war which followed the death of Pepin of Heristal, Duke of the Franks.

1181 St. Francis of Assisi, Italian Founder of the Franciscan Order, was born.

1143 Celestine II became Pope. He was a friend of Peter Abelard(French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician), Celestine was a scholar whose pontificate only lasted six months.

1687 The Parthenon in Athens, unscathed since 432 BC, was severely damaged by a gunpowder explosion, caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini (Doge of Venice) who besieged the Ottoman Turks stationed in Athens.

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