Death of Saint Chad, Archbishop of Lichfield. This English saint succeeded Saint Deusdedit to the see of Lichfield. He is credited with founding many monasteries and churches in his diocese and enforcing religious disciplines in the religious houses while setting the example for all through his actions and eloquent preaching. This forgotten saint was greatly researched and received much more attention after the election contest in Florida where "Chad" became the watchword.
Birth of Adriaan Florensz Dedal at Utrecht in the Netherlands. He would not only go on to become a priest and Cardinal bishop of Utrecht, but become the last foreign Pope up until John Paul II when he became Pope Hadrian VI on January 9, 1522 at the age of 63. His pontificate would only last a year and a half.
Birth of Gioacchino Vencenzo Pecci (no relation to Joe Pecci) in Carpineto in the hills south of Rome to a family of six children, he would go on to become a priest and rise through the Curia to become a cardinal and then 256th successor of Peter as Pope Leo XIII on February 20, 1878 at the age of 68.
Birth of Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli in the shadow of the Vatican to an aristocratic family of Rome. He would go on to be ordained, become a cardinal and be elected the 260th successor of Peter on this day in 1939, taking the name Pope Pius XII at the age of 63.
Election of Pope Pius XII, 260th successor of Peter. He would be a strong opposer of Marxist persecutions and aid Jews during World War II even though many accused him of doing nothing, the facts say otherwise, listing this holy pontiff as a man of convictions who risked much by assuring hundreds of thousands Jews were sheltered from Nazi abuse. He would also discover the tomb of Saint Peter during the excavations under the great Basilica and celebrate the 24th Jubilee in 1950. He would also highlight the Jubilee by proclaiming the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother into Heaven on November 1st of that year.