Saturday, January 14, 2012
January 14, 1131 King Valdemar I of Denmark was born. In addition to winning independence from the Holy Roman Empire, he also gained the approval of the church for the dynastic rule of his family, the Valdemars. 1236 Henry III of England married Eleonora of Provence. 1501 Martin Luther (age 17) entered the University of Erfurt (founded in 1379, it was the first university in modern day Germany, and for some time was the largest university in the country). 1514 Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery.