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March 28, 1939

Spanish Civil War ends

In Spain, the Republican defenders of Madrid raise the white flag over the city, and the bloody three-year Spanish Civil War comes to an end. The conflict began in 1936 when General Francisco Franco led a right-wing army revolt in Morocco, dividing Spain into two camps, the Republicans and the Natio...

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March 28, 845

Paris Sacked by Vikings

On this day in the year 845, Paris was sacked by Vikings. Ragnar Lodbrok (meaning Ragnar "Hairy Breeches") is one of the most notorious of all the Viking heroes and a tricky-to-unravel mix of the real and the mythical. Although his actual life may not live up to all the Norse mythology around...

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March 28, 193

Emperor Assassinated, Throne Auctioned

After serving as Emperor of the Roman Empire for just three months, military official and senatorial official Pertinax was assassinated by the Praetorian Guard on this day in 193 AD. The throne was then sold in an auction to Didius Julianus. Born Publius Helvius Pertinax in Alba Pompeia in m...

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