On This Day in History for May 21

Events in History

  • 878 Syracuse is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily
  • 879 Pope John VIII gives blessings to duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state
  • 996 Pope Gregory V crowns his cousin Otto III as Holy Roman Emperor in St Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • 1040 King Henry III gives Utrecht the Groninger currency
  • 1216 French crown prince Louis enters England, having been invited by barons at war with King John
  • 1260 Hao Jing, envoy of Mongol leader Kublai Khan imprisoned by order of the high Chancellor of China, Jia Sidao at the Song Dynasty court of Emperor Lizong while attempting to negotiate with the Song
  • 1281 Kublai Khan's second invasion of Japan begins with an attack on Tsushima Island but meets fierce resistance; his troops are forced to withdraw
  • 1382 Earthquake centered on Dover Straits with estimated magnitude of 6.0 causes widespread damage, including to Canterbury Cathedral
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Weddings in History

  • 1553 Lady Jane Grey (15), later English queen for 9 days, marries Lord Guildford Dudley (18)
  • 1825 Prince Willem FK marries Louise AWA of Prussia
  • 2009 Prince Hubertus Michael von Sachsen-Coburg (33) weds investment banker Kelly Jeanne Rondestvedt on a civil ceremony in Coburg, Germany

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