On July 30
579 Pope Benedict I died. He was
a Roman and the son of Boniface,
and was called Bonosus by the Greeks.
Unfortunately, there is little information about the first pope to take the
657 St Vitalian began his reign as
Catholic Pope succeeding Eugene I. He was successful in improving relations with England, where the Anglo-Saxon and British clergies were divided regarding various ecclesiastical customs. At the Synod of Whitby, King Oswy of Northumberland accepted Roman practices regarding the keeping of Easter and the shape of the tonsure. Together with King Ecgberht of Kent, he sent the priest Wighard to Rome, to be consecrated in the Papal City after the death of Archbishop Deusdedit of Canterbury in 664, but Wighard died in Rome of the plague.
1178 Frederick I (Barbarossa), Holy Roman Emperor, was crowned King of
1629 An earthquake in Naples, Italy, killed about 10,000 people.