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Today in 1200, Isabella of Angouleme would be crowned Queen Consort of England at the age of 12, as the wife of King John. She would go on to give John 5 children before his death in 1216. She would have another 9 children by her second husband.
Our first birthday today belongs to Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox in 1515. What makes Margaret interesting is that her mother was Margaret Tudor, Dowager Queen of Scotland, who was the older sister of Henry VIII. As a possible heir to the throne, Margaret spent her life in the English court. Her son, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, would go on to be the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and father to James I and VI.
Today was also the birthday of King Zog I of Albania in 1895. Before becoming King, he served as Prime Minister and President. He was elected King when the monarchy was established in 1928 until his fleeing the country in 1939, when it was invaded by Italy.
Our first death today is that of Helen of Zadar, Queen consort of Croatia in 976. Not much is known of her life, but it is known that she was adored and loved by her subjects for her grace and charity. She was also called “Helen the Glorious”.
And today in 1895, Empress Myeongseong of Korea was assassinated by Japanese agents in one of the Imperial Houses. Historians have called her arrogant and corrupt, but said that her assassination was barbaric nonetheless. According to accounts she was raped repeatedly and hacked to pieces, before being burnt. She was the last Empress of Korea.
On that note, make the most of today! Have a good one!!