March 11 222 Emperor Elagabalus was assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets of Rome before thrown into the Tiber. 537 Goths laid siege to Rome. 1302 Romeo & Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare
1513 Giovanni de'Medici (Pope Leo X) was elected to the papacy. During his pontificate, he raised the papacy to significant political power and excommunicated Martin Luther. 1669 Mount Etna (Sicily) erupted. 990,000,000 cubic yards of lava were thrown out over four months, destroying a dozen villages. Ashes formed a double cone more than 150 ft high, now called Monti Rossi.