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History Calendar: October 17, 2006
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0532
Pope Boniface II died.

1244
Battle of LaForbie: A large army of Crusaders is utterly destroyed by Muslims near Gaza. Egyptian forces are commanded by Baibars, a Mamluk soldier who would later lead a revolt against the Egyptian Sultan and take control of the region.

1404
Pope Innocent VII was elected.

1483
Pope Sixtus IV launched the Spanish Inquisition, placing it under joint administration of both the church and the state. Tomas de Torquemada, 63, was appointed Grand Inquisitor in charge of removing Jews and Muslims from Spain.

1912
Pope John Paul I was born.

1979
Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

2006
Feast Day of Saint Ignatius.



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