Death of Saint Sexburga, wife of the King of Kent and mother of two sons who became monarchs and two daughters who became nuns and who herself, after the death of her husband, became a nun as well as abbess.
Death of Saint Godelina, who was strangled to death by her husband during childbirth. The child was born blind, but through Godelina's Heavenly intercession was healed.
Saint Thomas More becomes a martyr for Holy Mother Church as he is executed at the order of King Henry VIII.
Death of Saint Maria Goretti, Italian virgin who was stabbed 14 times in defense of her purity by a young man named Alexander whom she forgave as she lay dying in a Nettuno, Italy hospital. Her murderer, in his 8th year of incarceration in 1910 converted to Catholicism in a dream in which Maria presented him with a bouquet of flowers. Released in 1928, Alexander sought out Maria's mother to ask forgiveness and received Holy Communion with her at Christmas Eve Mass that year. He was also present at Maria's canonization by Pope Pius XII in 1950. For more, see LITURGY