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(archaic) Simple past tense and past participle of happen.
What could happen that hadn't already happened?
In reply to a warning of what might happen he said, "But this is Egypt; such things do not happen; you say they have happened elsewhere, perhaps, but this is Egypt."
Beyond that, I'm pretty sure none of us, you included, possess the vaguest idea what or how it happened or if will it happen again.
This has happened more than once, it will happen in the future and only simpletons can raise objections to it.
Whenever something bad happened or was about to happen, his right eye always twitched.