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1282 – Revolts break out on the island of Sicily against the rule of their French King, Charles I. The Angevins had ruled the island for almost 20 years, and thousands of French residents of island were killed. This was the beginning of the Wars of Sicilian Vespers.

1863 – The 17 year old younger son of Christian IX of Denmark is elected to become George I, King of the Hellenes. He would rule until 1913.

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2002 – The 101 year old Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother died in Windsor. She was the wife of King George VI and the mother of the current Queen Elizabeth II. She was one of the most popular members of the royal family for many years, and was known for her dry wit, and was loved for her tenacity during the London bombings of World War II. At the time of her death, she was the longest living member of the Royal Family of Britain, but would be surpassed by her sister in law in 2004. After her funeral, the wreath that laid on her coffin was placed at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in London, echoing her wedding day, when she placed her bouquet on the tomb.