Tuesday, 26 April 2016

On This Day 26th April

Hello everyone,

from assassinations, to assassins, Shakespeare to Universities, theres a lot to catch up on in todays edition of' 'On This Day'


Richard Mills


757- Pope Stephen II is replaced by his brother, Paolo Orsini, as Paul I

1220- Bishops are granted sovereign rights by German King, Frederick II

1336- Mount Ventoux is climbed by Renaissance poet, Francesco Petrarch (Image Left)

1478- Lorenzo and Giuliano de Medici, are attacked by Pazzi supporters, during Easter Sunday, in the Duomo of Florence, Santa Maria del Fiore, and Giuliano is assassinated, by Francesco de Pazzi and Bernardo Baroncelli, from a sword wound to his head, and he was later stabbed 23 times. 

1607- The 1st English colony in America is formed, at Cape Henry, Virginia

1654- Jews are banned from Brazil

1677- The University of Innsbruck, is formed by Leopold I

1755- The first University opens in Russian, in Moscow

1814- Louis XVIII of France, lands in England, at Calais (Image Right)

1828- To support Greece’s independence, Russia declares war on Turkey

1853- The second chamber is disbanded by Dutch king William III

1859- Dan Sickles becomes the first man to be acquitted of murder on the grounds of ‘insanity’, in America

1929- The first non-stop flight from England to India lands

1951- Brielsche Mausoleum, is opened by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands

1959- Panama is invaded by Cuba


121- Roman Emperor from 161 to 180, Antonius Marcus Aurelius, is born in Rome

1564- William Shakespeare. Now you might remember, that a few days ago, I also wrote about Shakespeare’s birth and death, but this does not render that true, it is just that today is considered to be Shakespeare’s ‘baptism’

1573- Queen of France, Marie de Medici (Image Left)

1648- King of Portugal from 1683 to 1706, Pedro II

1662- Queen consort of Spain, Maria Luisa of Orleans

1782- Maria Amelia of Bourbon-Sicily, and the wife of Louis Phillip of Austria

1856- The 17th Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir Joseph Ward


1923- Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (later Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother), at Westminster Abbey

1987- Actor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, marries Maria Shriver

757- Pope Stephen II, Pope from 752 to 757

1192- Emperor Go-Shirakawa of Japan

1196- Alfonso II, King of Aragon from 1162 to 1196

1865- John Booth Wilkes, assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is shot dead, at the age of 27 (Image Right)

1989- Actress Lucille Ball dies from a heart attack at the age of 78