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17/10/532
Pope Boniface II is born
12/10/638
Pope Honorius I dies
12/10/642
Pope John IV dies
18/10/707
Pope John VII dies
11/10/1303
Pope Boniface VIII dies
15/10/1380
Pope Urban VI dies
18/10/1405
Pope Pius II is born
18/10/1417
Pope Gregory XII dies
01/01/1431
Pope Alexander VI born
03/06/1475
The Italian artist Michelangelo is born
18/10/1503
Pope Pius III dies
02/05/1519
Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies.
15/02/1564
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei is born in Pisa.
18/02/1564
The Italian artist Michelangelo dies in Rome.
16/10/1591
Pope Gregory XIV dies
08/01/1642
Galileo Galilei dies in Arcetri, Italy
18/12/1737
Violin maker Antonio Stradivari dies in Cremona, Italy.
12/07/1794
Admiral Horatio Nelson loses his right eye during the siege of Calvi in Corsica.
26/05/1805
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned king of Italy.
10/10/1813
Composer Guiseppe Verdi is born in Le Roncole, Italy.
12/05/1820
Florence Nightingale is born in Florence, Italy.
06/03/1853
Guiseppe Verdi's opera "La Traviata" is premiered in Venice, Italy
25/04/1874
Guglielmo Marconi is born in Bologna, Italy.
13/02/1883
Composer Richard Wagner dies heart failure in Venice, Italy.
05/02/1887
Guiseppe Verdi's opera "Otello" is premiered at La Scala.
29/07/1887
Wartime leader Benito Mussolini is born.
01/02/1896
Giacomo Puccini's opera "La Boheme" is premiered in Turin, Italy.
02/06/1896
Italian Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio.
10/12/1896
Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel dies in Sanremo in Italy.
26/09/1897
Pope Paul VI is born in Concesio, Italy.
30/07/1900
Italian King Umberto I assassinated by anarchist Angelo Bresci
27/01/1901
Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi dies
23/05/1901
Angelo Bresci, assassin of Italian King Humbert I commits suicide in prison
29/09/1901
Physicist Enrico Fermi is born in Rome, Italy.
14/10/1901
Italian Guglielmo Marconi successfully sends a wireless message 350 miles
11/12/1901
Guglielmo Marconi successfully transmits from Cornwall to Newfoundland using an aerial 164 feet high
17/02/1904
Giacomo Puccini's opera "Madama Butterfly" has its world premiere at La Scala.
15/01/1909
A massive earthquake in Messina, Italy kills around 200,000 with thousands more homeless
30/10/1922
Benito Mussolini becomes prime minister of Italy.
12/10/1935
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti is born in Modena, Italy.
20/07/1937
Guglielmo Marconi dies.
28/02/1940
Motor racing star Mario Andretti is born
10/07/1943
British and US troops invade Sicily during World War 2.
22/07/1943
American troops under General George Patton capture Palermo, Sicily.
25/07/1943
Benito Mussolini is forced to resign as leader of Italy.
17/08/1943
British and US troops enter Messina to complete the conquest of Sicily.
07/09/1943
Italy surrenders to the Allies during World War 2.
09/09/1943
During World War 2, allied troops land at Salerno, Italy.
10/09/1943
German troops occupy Rome and take over protection of the Vatican City.
13/10/1943
Prime minister Pietro Badoglio of Italy declares war on Germany.
04/01/1944
The Battle of Monte Cassino, Italy starts
28/04/1945
Benito Mussolini, dictator of Italy until his downfall in 1943, has been killed by partisans along with his mistress, Clara Petacci, and some close associates.
16/06/1955
Pope Pius XII excommunicates Argentinian President Juan Peron.
25/03/1957
The Treaty of Rome is signed in Italy bringing the Eurpean Economic Community (EC) into existence.
09/10/1963
A landslide in Italy causes a massive surge of water which kills 2,000
09/03/1976
A line supporting a cable car snaps killing 42 people, including children, in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy.
06/05/1976
An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale hits the town of Maiano in the Italian Alps trapping many under collapsed buildings and killing 60.
16/03/1978
Former Italian premier Aldo Moro is kidnapped at gunpoint in Rome by a gang believed to be from the Red Brigade.
06/08/1978
Pope Paul VI dies at Castel Gandolfo aged 80.
26/08/1978
Cardinal Albino Luciani of Venice becomes Pope John Paul I.
28/09/1978
Pope John Paul I dies from a heart attack, resulting in the shortest papacy, 33 days.
16/10/1978
Cardinals at the vatican elect a Polish Pope, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla will become Pope John Paul II.
02/08/1980
A bomb in Italy's Bolonga railway station, planted by Neo-fascists, kills 84
13/05/1981
Pope John Paul II is shot twice by an escaped Turkish criminal, Mehmet Ali Agca, in Rome. Following 5 hours surgery the Pope is expected to recover.
22/07/1981
Mehmet Ali Agca is sentenced to life imprisonment for shooting Pope John Paul II.
28/01/1982
Italian police rescue US Brigadier General James Dozier who has been held hostage by the Red Brigade for 42 days.
10/10/1985
US air force jets force an Egyptian air liner carrying the Achille Lauro hijackers to land in Italy, where they were arrested.
30/12/1985
Palestinian terrorists attack the Israeli El Al airline check-in desks at Rome and Vienna airports killing 14
10/02/1986
The largest ever Mafia trial takes place with 474 alleged gangsters in court.
07/01/1990
The leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public following concerns on the safety of the tower
28/03/1994
Right winger, Silvio Berlusconi wins the general election in Italy
22/12/1994
Italy's coalition goverment led by Silvio Berlusconi collapses.
26/09/1997
Two earthquakes measuring approximately 5.6 on the Richter scale hit central Italy killing 10 and damaging many buildings.
24/02/2005
Pope John Paul II undergos an operation to insert a tube in his throat to relieve his breathing problems.
02/04/2005
Pope John Paul II dies at the age of 84 following heart failure, ending one of the longest pontificates in history.
18/11/2006
Film stars Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are married in Italy.
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