Death of Saint Soteris of Rome, Virgin and Martyr who was so beautiful that when she spurned Roman offers of marriage, her suitors set out to persecute her. Undaunted, she donned rags dissing the way of vanity. Yet even in the garments of the poor she was a radiant beauty and this infuriated her captors who scarred her face terribly. Still she would not relent and expressed more joy. Finally she was beheaded during the persecution of Roman emperor Diocletian.
Death of Saint Scholastica, Virgin and Founder of the Benedictine Nuns, and brother of Saint Benedict. For more, see DAILY LITURGY
Death of Saint Baldegundis, Benedictine Abbess of one of the oldest convents in France.
Death of Saint Erluph, Bishop of Werden. This Scotch-born missionary evangelized in Germany and received his martyrdom at the hands of the pagan Vandals.
Death of Saint William of Malval, a hermit who could not operate within the parameters of community life. His exemplification of holiness attracted many to join him in an austere life of fasting and penance and thus began the Hermits of St. William, also called the Gulielmites which evolved some seventy years later into the Order of Bare-Footed Friars and, over the centuries consolidated into the group known as the Augustinian Hermits.
Death of Pope Pius XI, 259th successor of Peter, whose pontificate lasted 17 years between World War I and World War II. On February 11, 1929 he concluded with Benito Mussolini a Concordat between the Church and the Italian State. He also celebrated the Holy Year on the 19th Centenary of the Redemption in 1933. It was Pius who commissioned Marconi to construct Vatican Radio.