Death of Saint Demetrios who was martyred by the Emperor Galerius in the gladiator arena at Thessalonica after he had defeated one of the gladiators but refused to kill him.
Pope Honorius I becomes the 70th successor of Peter. His reign would last 13 years and it was he who instituted the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on September 14. He had a great zeal for the missions, dispatching missionaries throughout the old world. He resolved the problem of the Eastern Church and the Schism of Aquilea on the question of the "Three Chapters."
Christopher Columbus declares the island of Cuba for Spain and the Roman Catholic Faith, a faith that has stood strong for 500 years despite the communist regime of Fidel Castro and which, thanks to Pope John Paul II's visit in January, is showing a strong spirit of perseverance.
Pope Pius IX issues his 26th encyclical Levate dealing with the afflictions of Holy Mother Church.
Pope John Paul II beatifies Blessed Adolph Kolping.