The Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland
HISTORICAL ROYAL EVENTS
293 Roman Emperors Diocletian & Maximian appoint Galerius as Caesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as the Tetrarchy.
879 Pope John VIII gives blessings to Duke Branimir and to the Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state.
996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III is crowned Holy Roman Emperor.
1674 The nobility elect Jan Sobieski as King Jan III Sobieski of Poland & Grand Duke of Lithuania.
1939 The Canadian National War Memorial is unveiled by King George VI & Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa.
HISTORICAL ROYAL BIRTHS
1527 King Felipe II of Spain, Portugal, Naples, Sicily (and while married to Queen Mary I of England he was King of England & Ireland) (d.1598)
1653 Eleanor Maria Josefa of Austria, Queen consort of Poland, Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania (d.1697)
1863 Archduke Eugen of Austria, Prince of Hungary & Bohemia (d.1954)
1864 Princess Stephanie of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria, Crown Princess of Austria, Hungary & Bohemia, Princess of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha, Duchess of Saxony (d.1945)
1885 Princess Sophie of Schonburg-Waldenburg, Princess of Albania (d.1936)
985 King Louis V of France
1254 King Conrad IV of Germany
1481 King Christian I of Denmark, Norway, & Sweden
1512 Pandolfo Petrucci, ruler of Siena