3 BC Servius Sulpicius
Galba was born. He was emperor of Rome from 68-69AD.
563 The Byzantine church
Hagia Sophia in Constantinople was dedicated for the second time after being
destroyed by earthquakes.
640 Pope John IV was elected. In his brief
pontificate, John sent help to the victims of invaders in Dalmatia, opposed
monothelitism and the Irish choice for the date of Easter, and defended the
orthodoxy of Pope Honorius I.
1167 King John I of England was born. The
youngest son of King Henry II, John lacked the trust of his barons and was
maneuvered into signing the Magna Carta.
1294 Pope Boniface VIII was elected
Pope, replacing St. Celestine V, who had resigned.
1476 400 Burgundy soldiers
froze to death during siege of Nancy (Burgundian Wars, the battle finally being
fought outside the walls on 5 January 1477 between Charles the Bold, Duke of
Burgundy, and René II, Duke of Lorraine. René's forces won the battle, and
Charles' mutilated body was found three days later.)
1515 Thomas Wolsey was
appointed English Lord Chancellor.