Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31

May 31

The Feast of the Visitation [Catholic & Anglican]

The Feast of the Queenship of Mary [traditional Catholic]


Baron Nils-August Silfverschiold   {1934} [husband of Princess Desiree of Sweden (sister of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden)]

Helene Vestur, former Countess of Nassau   {1958} [ex-wife of Prince Jean of Luxembourg (son of Grand Duke Jean of Luxembourg & brother of Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg)]

Felicia van Lippe-Biesterfeld van Vollenhoven   {2005} [daughter of Prince Maurits of Oranje-Nassau (nephew of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands)]


King Alfonso XIII of Spain & Princess Victoria Eugenie "Ena" of Battenberg   {1906}


1279 BC   Ramses II "the Great"  (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.
1578   King Henri III lays the first stone of the Pont Neuf (New Bridge), the oldest bridge in Paris.

1859   The clock tower at the Houses of Parliament, which houses Big Ben, starts keeping time.

1941   Anglo-Iraqi War:  The United Kingdom completes the re-occupation of Iraq and returns Abd-al-llah to power as regent for Faisal II.


1443   Lady Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond & Derby, mother of King Henry VII of England (d.1509)

1469   King Manuel I "the Fortunate" of Portugal & the Algarves (d.1521)

1557   Tsar Feodor I "the Bellringer" or "the Blessed" of Russia (d.1598)
1613   Johann Georg II, Elector of Saxony (d.1680)

1857   Pope Pius XI (d.1939)

1923   Prince Rainier III of Monaco (d.2005)


1162   King Geza II of Hungary, Croatia & Dalmatia
1246   Countess Isabella of Angouleme, Queen consort of England
1410   King Martin I "the Elder, the Humane, the Ecclesiastic" of Aragon, Valencia, Sardinia, Corsica & Sicily (as Martin II), Count of Barcelona
1495   Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, mother of King Edward IV of England & King Richard III of England.
1740   King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia, Elector-Prince of Brandenburg (as Friedrich Wilhelm II)

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