On This Day in History for May 12

Events in History

  • 254 Stephan I succeeds Lucius I as Catholic Pope
  • 919 Duke Henry of Saxony becomes King Henry I of Oostfrankischreich
  • 1057 The Ostromir Gospel, now the oldest surviving Russian manuscript is recorded completed by its scribe Deacon Grigory [1]
  • 1082 Battle at Mailberg: Vratislav II of Bohemia beats Leopold II of Austr
  • 1215 English barons serve ultimatum on King John which eventually leads to the creation and signing of the Magna Carta
  • 1294 Construction of Santa Croce begins in Florence, the largest Franciscan church in the world (consecrated 1442)
  • 1328 Holy Roman Emperor Louis IV and assembly of priests select Pietro Rainalducc as anti-Pope Nicolas V; consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice
  • 1459 Jodhpur, Sun City, founded by Rao Jodhpur in India
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Weddings in History

  • 1191 Richard I of England marries Berengaria of Navarre in Cyprus
  • 1641 Prince Willem II of Orange (14) marries English princess Mary Henrietta Stuart (9)
  • 1763 Founding Father of the United States Roger Sherman (42) weds second wife Rebecca Prescott (20)

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