1066 – Harold Godwinson is crowned as King of England in London the day after the death of Edward the Confessor. This would lead to the Norman invasion of England by William, Duke of Normandy, who claimed that Edward wanted him as successor.
1492 – Ferdinand and Isabella march triumphantly into Grenada, Spain after driving out the Moors and thus completing the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula.
1540 – Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves, his fourth wife, who was the daughter of a German Duke. Anne was not what Henry believed her to be and was looking for a way out of the marriage before it began. Six months later it would be annulled on grounds of her pre-contract and non-consummation of the marriage. Anne did not fight the annullment as was rewarded with several houses and a yearly pension.
1929 – King Alexander of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, suspends the countries constitution, in a move which is called the January 6th dictatorship today. The Constitution would not be reinstated until Alexanders assassination in 1934.
1978 – The Hungarian Crown of St. Stephen was returned to Hungary. It was being held previously in the US, since World War II. The crown had been given to the Americans for safe keeping by the Hungarian Crown Guard, from the Soviets.
It joined the rest of the surviving Hungarian coronation regalia, and they all reside on display in the Hungarian Parliament Building.
1367 – The future Richard II of England is born in Aquitaine to the Prince of Wales, Edward, who was the son of Edward III. Richard would become King at 10 years old, after the deaths of his father and grandfather. Richard would be part of putting down the Peasants Revolt of 1381, but was ultimately deposed in 1399, for his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV.
1655 – Future Holy Roman Empress Eleonor Magdalene of Nueberg is born in Dusseldorf. Her husband became Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, but being that she was very pious, she initally wanted to be a nun, and her religous fervor carried over to her household and court. Her son became Joseph I of the Holy Roman Empire and her granddaughter would be the indomitable Empress Maria Theresa of Austria.
1900 – Maria, Queen of Yugoslavia is born in Romania. She was the daughter Ferdinand I of Romania and Marie of Edinburgh (or Marie of Romania). Called “Mignon”, she married King Alexander I of Yugoslavia in 1922. They would have three children, including the future Peter II of Yugoslavia, the last king of that nation. Loved and respected by the people for her humanitarian work, she eventually moved to England after the death of her husband, where she died in 1961. Her remains were buried there until 2013, when her body was exhumed and moved back to Serbia.
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