This day in history

  • 215 BC A temple, built on the Capitoline Hill, is dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene
  • 1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control
  • 1597 William Shakespeare’s “The Merry Wives of Windsor” is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
  • 1861 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)
  • 1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
  • 1984 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)

Source: Onthisday.com

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