904 Pope Sergius III came out of retirement to
take over the papacy from the deposed antipope Christopher.
1119 Pope Gelasius II died. The brief reign
of Gelasius II was plagued by the lingering investiture controversy and the
aggressive actions of Henry V, Holy Roman Emperor. Henry took possession of
Rome and twice drove the pope from the city, installing in his place the
antipope Gregory VIII.
1327 Edward III was crowned By laying claim to the French throne,
he started the Hundred Years' War. He
also created Britain's highest knightly order, the Order of the Garter because
of his fondness for chivalry.
1595 William Shakespeare's play Romeo and
Juliet was performed for the first time on this day.
1613 Galileo observed
Neptune but failed to understand the significance of his find.