Today is Ash Wednesday which signals the start of Lent.
HISTORICAL ROYAL EVENTS
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.
HISTORICAL ROYAL BIRTHS
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)