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No major events.

1709 – Another daughter is born to Catherine I and Peter I of Russia, named Elizabeth. She would live in obscurity and limbo, until 1741, when at age 33 she was able to seize power after the death of her cousin, Empress Anna, and become Empress of all the Russias and rule until her death in 1762.

1843 – Elisabeth of Wied, future Queen consort of Romania is born in Germany. She would marry Carol I of Romania and become a published and accomplished writer under the pen name, Carmen Sylva. She was a patron of the arts, and financed and pushed for the better education of women in Romania.

1994 – In not so dead royals, Princess Kako of Akishino is born to Prince and Princess Akishino, and as the granddaughter of Emperor Akihito. She is not currently in line for the Japanese Imperial throne, as it does not pass to women.

1170 – Not a royal birthday, but Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, is murdered while in the Cathedral but knights loyal to King Henry II. Believing they were acting on the orders of Henry, when he lamented, “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?” Henry thought himself guilty of his murder and gave public penance and executed the killers. Becket was later canonized as a saint, and his shrine was one of the most popular, until the dissolution of the monasteries.

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