Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

March 9

Today is Ash Wednesday which signals the start of Lent.


141 BC   Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China.
1230   Bulgarian Tsar Ivan Asen II defeats Theodore of Epirus in the Battle of Klokotnitsa.
1566   David Rizzio, private secretary to Mary, Queen of Scots is murdered in the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1796   Napoleon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Josephine de Beauharnais.


1213   Hugh IV, Duke of Burgundy & French crusader (d.1271)
1285   Emperor Go-Nijo of Japan (d.1318)
1629   Tsar Alexis I of Russia (d.1676)

1900   Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta (d.1948)


1202   King Sverre of Norway
1888   Kaiser Wilhelm I, The German Emperor & King of Prussia

1991   Don Luis Gomez-Acebo, Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre & Grandee of Spain (husband of Infanta Pilar of Spain, older sister of King Juan Carlos I of Spain)

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