Saturday, 16 April 2016

On This Day 16th April

Hello everyone,

Just a short one today, but it is jam-packed with interesting people and events. Enjoy,

Richard Mills

HISTORY

1178 BC – It is believed that a solar eclipse marked the arrival of Odysseus, the legendary King of Ithaca, to his kingdom after the Trojan War

556- Pope Pegasus I begins his reign as Catholic church

1346- The Serbian Empire is proclaimed

1509- Louis XII and his French forces enter the alps

1705- Issac Newton is knighted by Queen Anne at Trinity College in Cambridge

1780- The University of Munster is founded in Germany

1789- George Washington goes for his first presidential inauguration

1862- Slavery is abolished in the State of Columbia

1945- The Red Army begins the Battle of Berlin

1953- Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, launches the British Royal boat, Britannia

BIRTHS

778- King Louis the Pious

1319- King John II of France

1652- Clement XII, Pope from 1730 to 1740

1867- Wilbur Wright, American aviator, and co-father of flight

1918- Spike Milligan, British actor and comedian

DEATHS

96- Marcus Salvius Otho, Roman Emperor

924- Beregnar, King of Italy

1113- Russian Prince, Sviatopolk II of Kiev

1118- Adelaide del Vasto, the wife of Roger II of Sicily

1198- Duke Frederick of Austria

1687- 2nd Duke of Birmingham, George Villiers, dies at 59

1760- Laurence Shirley , the 4th Earl of Ferrers, is executed, with the charge of murdering his steward