October 18, 1860 – Peking’s Summer Palace destroyed

October 18, 1860 – Peking’s Summer Palace destroyed

British troops occupying Peking, China, loot and then burn the Yuanmingyuan, the fabulous summer residence built by the Manchu emperors in the 18th century.

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October 18, 1469 – Ferdinand and Isabella marry

October 18, 1469 – Ferdinand and Isabella marry

Ferdinand of Aragon marries Isabella of Castile in Valladolid, thus beginning a cooperative reign that would unite all the dominions of Spain and elevate the nation to a dominant world power.

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