Tuesday, April 22, 2014

History Trivia - First stone of the Bastille laid

April 22

 238 Year of the Six Emperors: The Roman Senate outlawed emperor Maximinus Thrax for his bloodthirsty proscriptions in Rome and nominated two of its members, Pupienus and Balbinus, to the throne.

960 Basil II was crowned Emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1073 Gregory VII was elected pope. 1056 Supernova Crab nebula last seen by the naked eye.

1370 First stone of the Bastille laid. The fortress that was later to become a prison was built on the orders of King Charles V of France. It was intended as a fortification to help protect the wall around Paris against English attack during the Hundred Years' War.

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