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1099- First Crusade -Fifteen thousand starving Christianity|Christian soldiers march in a religious procession around Jerusalem as its Islam|Muslim defenders look on.
1283- War of the Sicilian Vespers -Roger of Lauria, commanding the Crown of Aragon|Aragonese fleet defeats an Capetian House of Anjou|Angevin fleet sent to put down a rebellion on Malta in the Battle of Malta.
1497- Vasco da Gama -sets sail on the first direct European voyage to India.
1579- Our Lady of Kazan -a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Chur