On This Day in History for January 20

Events in History

  • 250 St Fabian ends his reign as Catholic Pope (236-50)
  • 1045 Giovanni di Sabina elected Pope Sylvester III
  • 1156 According to legend, freeholder Lalli slays English crusader Bishop Henry with an axe on the ice of Lake Köyliönjärvi in Finland
  • 1265 First English Parliament summoned other than by royal command (in this instance by Simon de Montfort, Earl of Leicester) mets in Westminster Hall
  • 1320 Duke Wladyslaw Lokietek becomes King of Poland
  • 1356 Edward Balliol abdicates as King of Scots
  • 1502 The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored
  • 1503 Casa de Contratación (House of Trade) established by the Crown of Castile in the port of Seville to deal with American affairs
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Weddings in History

  • 1382 King Richard II of England marries Anne of Bohemia and daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor at Westminster Abbey. Anne dies of plague in 1394.
  • 1800 Napoleon I's sister Carolina marries French military leader Joachim Murat, future King of Naples
  • 2023 Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin marries his longtime love Anca Faur on his 93rd birthday [1]

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