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His"to*ry, n.; pl. Histories. Etym: [L.historia, Gr. 'istori`a history, information, inquiry, fr. 'istwr, "istwr, knowing, learned, from the root of wit. See Wit, and cf. Story.]

1. A learning or knowing by inquiry; the knowledge of facts and events, so obtained; hence, a formal statement of such information; a narrative; a description; a written record; as, the history of a patient's case; the history of a legislative bill.

2. A systematic, written account of events, particularly of those affecting a nation, institution, science, or art, and usually connected with a philosophical explanation of their causes; a true story, as distinguished from a romance; -- distinguished also from annals, which relate simply the facts and events of each year, in strict chronological order; from biography, which is the record of an individual's life; and from memoir, which is history composed from personal experience, observation, and memory. Histories are as perfect as the historian is wise, and is gifted with an eye and a soul. Carlyle. For aught that I could ever read, Could ever hear by tale or history. Shak. What histories of toil could I declare! Pope. History piece, a representation in painting, drawing, etc., of any real event, including the actors and the action.

-- Natural history, a description and classification of objects in

nature, as minerals, plants, animals, etc., and the phenomena which they exhibit to the senses.


-- Chronicle; annals; relation; narration.
-- History, Chronicle, Annals. History is a methodical record of

important events which concern a community of men, usually so arranged as to show the connection of causes and effects, to give an analysis of motive and action etc. A chronicle is a record of such events, conforming to the order of time as its distinctive feature. Annals are a chronicle divided up into separate years. By poetic license annals is sometimes used for history. Justly Cæsar scorns the poet's lays; It is to history he trusts for praise. Pope. No more yet of this; For 't is a chronicle of day by day, Not a relation for a breakfast. Shak. Many glorious examples in the annals of our religion. Rogers.

history His"to*ry, v. t.

Defn: To narrate or record. [Obs.] Shak.

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A timeline

On Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit descended on the twelve Apostles in the Upper Room.
Saint Paul is converted to Christianity.
The Roman Emperor Nero begins his persecution of Christians after a fire devours much of the city of Rome.
Saints Peter and Paul are martyred in Rome.
Jerusalem is conquered by Roman forces
79 June 23 Emperor Vespasian dies.
117 August 7 Emperor Trajan dies.
313 Diocletian dies.
313 Constantine I legalizes Christianity by the Edict of Milan
325 The first Council of Nicea was convened to make a determination on Arianism.
337 May Emperor Constantine the Great dies.
Emperor Julian the Apostate attempts to restore paganism and rebuild the Temple of Jerusalem.
363 June 26 Emperor Julian the Apostate dies.
387 Saint Augustine is baptized by Saint Ambrose.
Saint Jerome completes the Vulgate Bible.
741 October 21 King Charles Martel of the Franks dies.
768 September 24 King Pepin the Short of the Franks dies.
800 Charlemagne crowned Emperor of the Romans by Pope Leo III
973 May 7 Emperor Otto I the Great dies.
1095 Blessed Pope Urban II preaches the First Crusade to regain the Holy Land.
1216 June 16 Pope Innocent III dies.
St. Dominic founds the Dominican order.
1226 October 3: St. Francis, founder of the Franciscan order, dies in Assisi.
1309 Pope Clement V moves Roman Curia from Rome to Avignon.
1378 Pope Gregory XI moves papacy back to Rome from Avignon.
Saint Joan of Arc mostly frees France from English rule.
Johannes Gutenberg begins prodction of the Bible with the printing press.
Columbus discovers America
1547 January 28 King Henry VIII of England dies.[1]
1558 Charles V, former Holy Roman Emperor, dies. [2]
1558 November 17 Queen Mary Tudor of England dies. [3]
The apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego
The Jesuit order is founded. [4]
1598 September 13 King Philip II of Spain dies. [5]
1626 November 18: St. Peter's Basilica dedicated by Urban VIII. [6]
American War for Independence begins
French Revolution begins
The Louisiana Purchase is bought by the USA
The American Civil War is fought
Unification of Italy
Marian apparitions to Saint Bernadette at Lourdes, France
The Spanish-American War is fought
Pope St. Pius X dies during World War I, succeeded by Pope Benedict XV
1917: Marian apparitions at Fatima
Lenin gains control of Russia
Creation of Poland
Pope Benedict XV dies, succeeded by Pope Pius XI
Pius XI signs treaty with Italy, recognizing the existence of the Vatican City State
Germany annexes Austria
Pope Pius XI dies, is succeeded by Pope Pius XII
World War II is declared
World War II is ended, large sections of Europe are dominated by Communist rule.
Pope Pius XII dies, is succeeded by Pope John XXIII
Pope John XXIII opens the Second Vatican Council
Pope John XXIII dies, is succeeded by Pope Paul VI
Pope Paul VI writes the encyclical Humanae Vitae
Pope Paul VI dies, is succeeded by Pope John Paul I
Pope John Paul I dies shortly after the beginning of his pontificate, is succeeded by Pope John Paul II
The Berlin Wall is razed.
Pope John Paul II dies, succeeded by Pope Benedict XVI


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