867 Adrian II was elected Roman Catholic pope. Adrian had difficulties
with international politics. The eighth ecumenical council and the fourth
Council of Constantinople took place during his reign. He died on this date in
872 John VIII was elected Roman Catholic pope on the very day Pope Adrian
II died. His pontificate was marked with political intrigue, and he is believed
to have been murdered by conspirators involved in a plot of local politics.
1503 Nostradamus was born. Author of a collection of predictions in quatrains
published in the book Centuries, Nostradamus gained fame in his lifetime when
some of his prophecies appeared to come true.
1542 Princess Mary Stuart became
Queen Mary I of Scotland.