Britannica Reports This Day in History
Czech religious reformer Jan Hus, whose criticisms of the church anticipated the Reformation by more than a century, was convicted of heresy at the Council of Constance and, on this day in 1415, was burned at the stake.
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1964: Nyasaland broke from British rule and became the independent country of Malawi within the Commonwealth of Nations.
1957: Tennis player Althea Gibson became the first black to win the Wimbledon singles championship with her defeat of Darlene Hard.
1885: Louis Pasteur successfully tested an antirabies vaccine.
1777: British General John Burgoyne captured Fort Ticonderoga from the Americans during the American Revolution.