On This Day in History for February 2

Events in History

  • 506 Alaric II, king of the Visigoths, promulgates the Lex Romania Visigothorum (or Breviary of Alaric), a collection of Roman law
  • 962 Pope John XII crowns German King Otto I the Great Emperor
  • 1032 Conrad II, Holy Roman Emperor becomes King of Burgundy, succeeding Rudolf III
  • 1119 Guido di Borgogna elected Pope Callistus II
  • 1141 Battle of Lincoln: King Stephen captured by forces loyal to Empress Matilda and commanded by Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester
  • 1349 By this date at least 200 people a day were being buried in London as a result of the Black Death
  • 1461 Battle of Mortimer's Cross: in a major battle of the War of the Roses Yorkist army of Edward, Earl of March, defeats Lancaster force led by Jasper Tudor
  • 1536 Pedro de Mendoza founds Argentine city of Buenos Aires
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Weddings in History

  • 1387 King John I of Portugal (29) marries Philippa of Lancaster (26), daughter of John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster, in Porto, consolidating an Anglo-Portuguese Alliance that endures to the present day
  • 1870 American writer (Huckleberry Finn) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, pen name Mark Twain, (34) marries Olivia Langdon (24) in Elmira, NY
  • 1936 Physicist Emilio G. Segrè (31) weds jewish woman Elfriede Spiro at the Great Synagogue of Rome in Italy

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