Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tuesday Basics

Tuesday of the Eighth Week of Ordinary Time

Saint of the Day: St. Maximus of Trier

On This Day in Catholic History:

757 - Paul I succeeds Stephen II as pope.

1453 Constantinople fell to the Turks under Muhammad II, ending the Byzantine Empire and the Middle Ages. The city, the capital of Eastern Christianity since 324, was renamed Istanbul, and the Ottoman Empire began. The lavish cathedral, Hagia Sophia, was converted into a mosque.

1954 Pope Pius X (1835–1914) was canonized.

1982 - Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff ever to visit Canterbury Cathedral.

Birthdays:

1736 - Patrick Henry, American patriot (d. 1799)

1874 - G. K. Chesterton, English novelist (d. 1936)

1903 - Bob Hope, British-born comedian and actor (d. 2003)

1917 - John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States (d. 1963)

1939 - Al Unser, American race car driver

1978 - Lorenzo Odone, Adrenoleukodystrophy victim

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