Vatican City in History

Historical Events

  • 1929-02-11 Vatican City (world's smallest country) made an enclave of Rome
  • 1929-06-07 Vatican City becomes a sovereign state
  • 1943-09-10 German troops occupy Rome and take took over the protection of Vatican City
  • 1968-03-01 Vatican City's Apostolic Constitution of 1967 goes into effect

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1981-05-13 Pope John Paul II is shot and critically wounded by Turkish gunman Mehemet Ali Agca in St Peter's Square, Vatican City

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1982-06-07 US President Ronald Reagan meets with Pope John Paul II at Vatican City, Rome and later Queen Elizabeth II
  • 1993-07-27 Mafia bombs historical buildings in Rome, Milan and Vatican City, 5 killed
  • 1997-12-24 1st time a Channukah candle is officially lit in Vatican City

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2013-02-27 Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City

265th Pope  Benedict XVI
265th Pope
Benedict XVI

Famous Weddings

  • 2006-11-04 Croatian princess Paola Doimi de Frankopan (37) weds son of the Duke and Duchess of Kent Lord Nicholas Windsor (37) at St. Stephen of Abyssina in Vatican City
  • 2010-06-26 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (31) weds concert producer Simone Sestito (25) at Santo Stefano degli Abissini in Vatican City, Italy