Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wednesday Basics

Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Saint of the Day: ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

Today in Catholic History:

1430 - Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne. (See Siege of Compiègne.)

1498 - Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake, in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI

1533 - The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

1555 - Paul IV becomes Pope.

Today's Birthdays:

1729 - Giuseppe Parini, Italian writer (d. 1799)

1875 - Alfred P. Sloan, American long-time president and chairman of General Motors (d. 1966)

1910 - Margaret Wise Brown, American author (d. 1952)

1974 - Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

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