TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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In 70 AD, fol­low­ing a six­month siege, Jerusalem sur­ren­dered to the 60,000 troops of Ti­tus’ Ro­man army. Over one mil­lion Jewish cit­i­zens per­ished in the siege and, fol­low­ing the city’s cap­ture, an­other 97,000 were sold into slav­ery.

In 1157, Richard I, King of Eng­land, known as Coeur de Lion (the Lion Heart) was born.

In 1565, a Span­ish ex­pe­di­tion es­tab­lished the first per­ma­nent Euro­pean set­tle­ment in North Amer­ica at St. Au­gus­tine, Fla.

In 1619, the first Lutheran ser­vice in Canada was held by the Jens Munk ex­pe­di­tion to Hud­son Bay.

In 1636, Har­vard Uni­ver­sity was founded as a col­lege at Cam­bridge, Mass. Funded by a grant from the Mas­sachusetts Bay Colony and named for a bene­fac­tor, John Har­vard, the school was ini­tially in­tended as a train­ing ground for Pu­ri­tan min­is­ters. A more gen­er­al­ized pro­gram of ed­u­ca­tion was de­vel­oped, how­ever, and dur­ing the late 19th cen­tury Har­vard be­came one of world’s great uni­ver­si­ties.

In 1664, the Dutch sur­ren­dered New Am­s­ter­dam to the Bri­tish, who re­named it New York, after the Duke of York.

In 1720, a plague hit Mar­seilles, France, killing more than 175,000 peo­ple.

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