(Thursday, September 28, 1066; during the Norman conquest of England) — An army of Norman, Breton and French soldiers led by Duke William II of Normandy (later styled as William the Conqueror) landed at Pevensey Bay today, launching an invasion and occupation of England.
Video: '2nd September 1666: Great Fire of London breaks out in Pudding Lane'
(Sunday, September 2, 1666, a little after midnight local time) — A large fire broke out in the City of London today in the house of a baker on Pudding Lane near London Bridge, destroying more than 13,000 buildings including Old St Paul’s Cathedral, over the next three days. Only six verified deaths were recorded.
(Tuesday, April 23, 1616) — William Shakespeare, an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist, died today in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, at the age of 52.