Thursday, February 9, 2012
February 9, 474 Zeno was crowned co-emperor of the Byzantine Empire. 1119 Callistus II became pope. He settled the lay investiture disagreement and presided over the ninth Ecumenical Council (the First Lateran Council). 1540 The first recorded race meet in England (Roodee Fields, Chester) took place. According to official records, Chester Racecourse (Roodee Fields, Chester) is the oldest racecourse still in use in England. 1554 Battle at London: Sir Thomas Wyatt was defeated. 1555 Bishop of Gloucester John Hooper was burned at the stake. 1567 Lord Darnley, the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered in Edinburgh. 1649 Charles I was buried without a funeral at Windsor rather than Westminster to avoid public disturbances.