Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (illustrated by John Leech, above) was published today in 1843. The first run of 6,000 copies sold out by Christmas Eve.
Today in 1516, the Fifth Lateran Council banned all preachers from predicting the future. Presumably, they saw it coming.
Henry II became King of England today in 1154. He led the first English invasion of Ireland on the pretext (horribly ironic, considering later history) of making them better Roman Catholics.
Today is the Eastern Orthodox feast of King David, the Old Testament hero.
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