Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 24

Christmas Eve / Vigil of Christmas  (Christianity); Feast of the Seven Fishes (Italy & Italian-Americans); Jul (Denmark, Norway, Sweden); Nochebuena (Spain & Spanish-speaking countries); Holy Night / Heilige Nacht (Germany); Watchnight (Scotland)

Hanukkah  (Judaism)

Las Posadas  (Roman Catholic/Mexico, Latin America, southwestern USA)


King Hussein of Jordan & Alia Baha Ad-Din Touqan   {1972}


1294   Pope Boniface VIII is elected Pope, replacing Pope Saint Celestine V, who had resigned.

1939   World War II:  Pope Pius XII makes a Christmas Eve appeal for peace.

1951   Libya becomes independent from Italy.  Idris I is proclaimed King of Libya.


3 BC   Emperor Servius Suplicius Galba Augustus of the Roman Empire (d.69)

1166   King John "Lackland" of England (d.1216)

1389   Yann/Jean VI/V "the Wise", Duke of Brittany, Count of Montfort, Earl of Richmond (d.1442)

1588   Archduchess Constance/Konstanze of Austria, Queen consort of Poland [as Konstancja], Grand Duchess consort of Lithuania (d.1631)

1634   Archduchess Maria Anna "Mariana" of Austria, Queen consort of Spain (d.1696)

1784   Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna of Russia, Hereditary Grand Duchess consort of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (d.1803)

1837   Duchess Elisabeth "Sissi/Sisi" in Bavaria, Empress consort of Austria, Apostolic Queen consort of Hungary, Queen consort of Bohemia + Croatia (d.1898)

1845   King George/Georgios I of Greece {King of the Hellenes}, Prince of Denmark [as Wilhelm/Vilhelm] (d.1913)

1879   Princess Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Queen consort of Denmark + Iceland (d.1952)


1257   John I of Avesnes, Count of Hainaut

1660   Princess Mary Henrietta of England, Scotland + Ireland, Princess Royal, Princess consort of Orange, Countess consort of Nassau [daughter of King Charles I of England, Scotland + Ireland and mother of King William III/II of England, Scotland + Ireland]

1813   Empress Go-Sakuramachi of Japan

1976   Duarte Nuno, Duke of Braganza

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