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18 June in History

  • June 18: 860 CE – Rus Vikings invade Constantinople

    Just as the sun set behind the coastal capital of the Greek Orthodox Empire on this day in 860, a flotilla of 200 Viking warships began making landfall in the suburbs of Constantinople. Off-guard and unprotected, the city was only spared thanks to a curious decision by the Rus to turn out into the Sea of Marmara.… Read More →