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Here are some things for September 7th!
Today in 1191, the Battle of Arsuf took place as part of the Third Crusade. Richard I of England was commanding the armies that captured the strategically important town (due to its proximity to Jerusalem and the Port of Jaffa), and despite some groups that broke ranks, Richard was able to regroup, and the Crusaders were victorious over Saladin and the Saracens.
Speaking of the Crusades, Holy Roman Emperor Fredrick II, landed in Acre today in 1228 and started the Sixth Crusade.
Skipping ahead to 1533, today at Greenwich Palace and red-haired little girl was born to King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. She would be named Elizabeth, after her grandmothers, and go down in History as the great Elizabeth I.
In more Elizabethan news, today in 1571, one of the premier Dukes of England, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, was arrested for his part in the Ridolfi Plot, which was to assassinate Elizabeth and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots.
And today in 1812, the bloodiest battle of the Napoleonic Wars, the Battle of Borodino would take place in Russia, with the French winning and the Russians retreating.
In additional birthdays today we have; Ernest Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, brother to George I of England was born today in 1674, Maria Anna of Austria, Queen and Regent of Portugal, born today in 1683. Also, Queen Louise of Denmark born in 1817 today, and King Baudouin of Belgium was born today in 1930.
And in notable deaths today, Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou would die in 1151 from a fever. Geoffrey was the second husband of Empress Matilda, and father to Henry II of England. The family bearing his name, the Plantagenets, would go on to rule England for the next 300 years.
Have an awesome day guys!!