Monday, February 6, 2012

February 6, 2012

Waitangi Day  (New Zealand, 1840)

Ronald Reagan Day in California  (USA)

Sami National Day  (Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden)


Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat   {1976} [wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark (son of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark)]

Princess Louise of Belgium   {2004} [daughter of Prince Laurent of Belgium (son of King Albert II of the Belgians)]


Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, Princess of Nassau, Princess of Bourbon-Parma & Archduke Carl Christian of Austria, Prince Royal of Hungary, Croatia + Bohemia   {1982}


Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain + Northern Ireland   {1952}


1649   The claimant King Charles II of England, Scotland + Ireland is declared King of Great Britain by the Parliament of Scotland.  This move was not followed by the Parliament of England nor the Parliament of Ireland.

1685   James II/VII becomes King of England, Scotland + Ireland upon the death of his brother, King Charles II.

1833   Prince Otto of Bavaria becomes the first modern King of Greece.

1914   30,000 Swedish peasants from all over the country travel to Stockholm to carry out a huge protest march, which will be known as Bondetaget, to the Royal Palace in Stockholm, to show their support for King Gustaf V & his attempts to exercise personal power as a monarch.  In the courtyard, the king holds the so-called Court Yard Speech (Borggardstalet), which Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf recites outside the castle to those who couldn't fit into the courtyard.  The King's speech is contrary to the official policy of Swedish Prime Minister Karl Staaff.  This triggers a political crisis, the Courtyard Crisis (Borggardskrisen), and Karl Staaff is forced to resign on February 17.  This is the last time the Swedish monarch tries to exercise any political power, which isn't formally abolished until 1975.  

1952   Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom + the Commonwealth Realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, King George VI.  At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.


1452   Infanta {+ Blessed} Joan/Joana of Portugal (d.1490)

1611  Emperor Chongzhen of Ming China (d.1644)

1664   Sultan Mustafa II of the Ottoman Empire (d.1703)

1665   Queen Anne of Great Britain + Ireland (d.1714)

1854   Prince Tomasso of Savoy, Duke of Genoa (d.1931)


1378   Jeanne/Joanna of Bourbon, Queen consort of France

1593   Emperor Ogimachi of Japan

1685   King Charles II of England, Scotland + Ireland

1740   Pope Clement XII

1899   Hereditary Prince Alfred of Saxe-Coburg + Gotha, Prince of Edinburgh

1929   Archduchess Maria Christina "Christa" of Austria, Queen consort of Spain

1952   King George VI of Great Britain + Ireland

1981   Princess Friederike of Hanover, Great Britain + Ireland, Queen consort {as Frederica/Frideriki} of Greece

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