Today in 1485, Henry VII of England was formally crowned at Westminster Abbey following his defeat of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field. He would go on to rule for the next 24 years and founded one of the most famous of the English royal houses.
In 1863 today, Prince Wilhelm of Denmark arrived in Greece to assume the throne as King of the Hellenes. The previous Greek king Otto, had been overthrown the previous year and his entire Bavarian born family was also rejected. Wilhelm had been suggested by the other world powers. He assumed the name George I upon his coronation. He was also the brother of Queen Alexandra of the United Kingdom and Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia.
And today in 1905, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia signed the October Manifesto, which is considered the first Russian constitution, after the 1905 Revolution. The Manifesto also created the Duma, which became Russia’s elected governing body.
Lastly in 1975 today Spanish dictator Francisco Franco gave all power as Head of State to Prince Juan Carlos of Spain, as his health was fading rapidly. The Prince was the next royal descendant of the Spanish House of Bourbon, who ruled Spain before the civil war in the ’30’s.
Our only birthday today belongs to Sophia Charlotte of Hanover in 1668. Sophia became Queen consort of Prussia by her marriage to Frederick I. She would have a famous brother in King George I of the United Kingdom.
And one death today, coming from Charles IX of Sweden in 1611. He had been brother to two previous Kings of Sweden and Uncle to another. His 17 year old son ascended behind him, becoming known as Gustav the Great..
Have a great day all!!