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Sicily
Sicily is a region of Italy, and is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Along with the surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Autonoma Siciliana Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine,...
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535
12.31.535
Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year.
878
5.21.878
Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.
902
8.1.902
Taormina, the last Byzantine stronghold in Sicily, is captured by the Aghlabid army.
1266
2.26.1266
Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
2.26.1266
Battle of Benevento: An army led by Charles, Count of Anjou, defeats a combined German and Sicilian force led by King Manfred of Sicily. Manfred is killed in the battle and Pope Clement IV invests Charles as king of Sicily and Naples.
1282
3.30.1282
The people of Sicily rebel against the Angevin king Charles I, in what becomes known as the Sicilian Vespers.
1693
1.11.1693
Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
1.11.1693
Mt. Etna erupts in Sicily, Italy. A powerful earthquake destroys parts of Sicily and Malta.
1848
1.12.1848
The Palermo rising takes place in Sicily against the Bourbon kingdom of the Two Sicilies.
1849
5.15.1849
Troops of the Two Sicilies take Palermo and crush the republican government of Sicily
1860
5.27.1860
Giuseppe Garibaldi begins his attack on Palermo, Sicily, as part of the Italian Unification.
1943
7.5.1943
World War II: An Allied invasion fleet sails for Sicily (Operation Husky, July 10, 1943).
8.17.1943
World War II: The U.S. Seventh Army under General George S. Patton arrives in Messina, Italy, followed several hours later by the British 8th Army under Field Marshal Bernard L. Montgomery, thus completing the Allied conquest of Sicily.
1947
5.1.1947
Portella della Ginestra massacre against May Day celebrations in Sicily by the bandit and separatist leader Salvatore Giuliano; 11 persons were killed and 33 wounded.
1985
10.10.1985
United States Navy F-14 fighter jets intercept an Egyptian plane carrying the ''Achille Lauro'' cruise ship hijackers and force it to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily where they are arrested.
1993
1.15.1993
Salvatore Riina, the Mafia boss known as "The Beast", is arrested in Sicily after three decades as a fugitive.