• 1258 Baghdad, then a city of 1 million, falls to the Mongols as the abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, tens of thousands slaughtered, ending the Islamic Golden Age
  • 1601 1st British East India Company voyage departs from London, lead by John Lancaster
  • 1689 British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights which establishes the rights of parliament and places limits on the crown
  • 1942 Hitler’s Operation Sealion, the invasion of England, is cancelled
  • 1945 Allied planes begin bombing Dresden, Germany; a firestorm results and over 22,000 die
  • 1945 USSR captures Budapest, after a 49-day battle with Nazi Germany in which 159,000 die


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