Saturday, January 28, 2012
January 28, 814 Charlemagne, King of the Franks and creator of the Holy Roman Empire, died in Aachen. 1077 the excommunication of Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor was lifted by Pope Gregory VII. 1099 First Crusaders began the siege of Hosn-el-Akrad Syria. 1262 Flemish/Dutch coast was ravaged by a north western storm. 1495 Pope Alexander VI gave his son Cesare Borgia as a hostage to Charles VIII of France to ensure the Pope's good behavior as Charles left Rome to conquer Naples. However, Cesare did escape and returned to Rome. 1547 Henry VIII died. His nine year old son, Edward VI became King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.