Death of Saint Barnabas, Apostle who traveled to Cyprus and Asia Minor with Saint Paul. He also traveled to Rome and consulted with Saint Peter before returning later to be with his cousin in Cypress and it was there that he was stoned to death by pagans in Salamis. His relics were found in the fifth century and preserved. While many historians believe Barnabas composed the Letter to the Hebrews, there is no definitive proof of this.
King Louis XI of France ratifies the Pragmatic Sanction of Bourges which decreed that royal approval was necessary for the publication of papal decrees in France. This was strongly denounced by Pope Sixtus IV.
Christopher Columbus returns to Spain after another excursion to the New World.
The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon which was hailed by the Church and all were in the good graces of Rome. In 1521 the king would be named "Defender of the Faith" for his stance against Martin Luther but when he divorced Catherine twenty years after they had been married, the split between Rome and England had begun.
Today is the one-hundred year anniversary that Pope Leo XIII prayed the Consecration Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus as decreed by the 256th successor of Peter in his May 25th, 1899 69th encyclical Annum Sacrum.
Pope John Paul II bids adieu to his beloved homeland of Poland after an eleven day trip to Poland that included visits to his childhood sites and the Shrine of the Black Madonna.