Wednesday, March 21, 2012
March 21, 47 BC, Julius Caesar defeated Ptolemy XII, Cleopatra's brother and rival, at Alexandria, Egypt, thus restoring Cleopatra to the throne. 630 Byzantine emperor Heraclius restored the True Cross to Jerusalem. 717 Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid. 1152 Annulment of the marriage of King Louis VII of France and Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor retained control of Aquitaine and shortly thereafter wed Henry Plantagenet, who would become the next king of England. 1413 Henry V crowned King of England. 1474 Saint Angela Merici, founder of the Ursulines, was born. 1556 The first Protestant archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was burned at the stake for heresy.