DAILY CATHOLIC    FRI-SAT-SUN     March 26-28, 1999     vol. 10, no. 60


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Historical Events in Church Annals for March 26:

  • 809 A.D.
  • Death of Saint Ludger, Bishop and Confessor

  • 1027 A.D.
  • Roman-born Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II, king of Germany, as Holy Roman Emperor

  • 1144 A.D.
  • Death of Saint William of Norwich, captured by Jewish zealots and martyred by crucifixion at the age of twelve in England.

  • 1150 A.D.
  • Count Tichborne, whom many patterned Robin Hood after, makes a promise to God before his death, heeding the advice of an abbot who asked him to help the people who were hungry. Thus he left in his will a tradition begun this day of giving a gallon of flour to every resident of Hampshire, England.

  • 1199 A.D.
  • A crossbow wounds Richard I - the Lionheart at the Battle of Chalus, and he is forced to retreat and live to fight another day.

  • 1388 A.D.
  • Groundbreaking and construction begin on Saint Mary's College in Oxford, England with the Dominicans overseeing the project.

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 27:

  • 1077 A.D.
  • Pope Saint Gregory VII crowns Rudolf in place of Henry IV as rightful King of Germany

  • 1350 A.D.
  • Alfonso XI, King of Castile, dies as a result of contracting the plague of the Black Death

  • 1378 A.D.
  • Death of Pope Gregory XI, the 201st successor of Peter and the last of the Avignon French Popes. Through the insistence of Saint Catherine of Siena Gregory returned the papal headquarters to Rome after a 75 year exile. Born in Maumont, France, he was elected on December 30, 1370. During his eight year pontificate the Roman Senate donated a part of the Vatican Hill to him which would establish the present Vatican City. Gregory XI included St. Mary Major's among the major Basilicas for gaining a jubilee indulgence which will be in effect for Jubilee 2000 as well.

  • 1513 A.D.
  • Juan Ponce de Leon discovers Florida, proclaiming it for Spain and the Church.

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 28:

  • 1285 A.D.
  • Death of French-born Pope Martin IV, 189th successor of Peter, noted for the uprising of the Sicilian Vespers outbreak during his regime which prompted Giuseppe Verdi to compose an opera about the event. He was elected on February 22, 1281. During his four year pontificate he strove to unite in thae bonds of charity the kings and lords of the time.

  • 1296 A.D.
  • Start of the Scots' War of Independence from England.

  • 1369 A.D.
  • Henry of Trastamara assassinates the King of Castile - Pedro at Montiel. Pedro was known as "the Cruel" because of his abuse of the Inquisition and he was the first known European monarch to be able to write fluently.

  • 1380 A.D.
  • Gunpowder used for the first time in Europe by the Venetians against the Genoese in a battle of two Catholic cities over territories. This deeply troubled Pope Urban VI, the first Italian pontiff after a long line of French popes.

  • 1394 A.D.
  • St. Mary's College officially opens its doors of higher learning in Winchester, England.

  • 1472 A.D.
  • Birth of the Renaissance Franciscan monk from Firenze who was a master with the brush, Fra Bartolomeo.

  • 1483 A.D.
  • Birth of the master painter and sculptor Raphael Santi who would die at the relatively young age of 37.

  • 1606 A.D.
  • Jesuit priest Father Henry Garner is executed for complicity in the Gunpowder Plot in which King James I falsely accuses Catholics in England for not being loyal to the throne.

March 26-28, 1999       volume 10, no. 60


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