222 Emperor Elagabalus was
assassinated, along with his mother, Julia Soaemias, by the Praetorian Guard
during a revolt. Their mutilated bodies were dragged through the streets of
Rome before thrown into the Tiber.
537 Goths laid siege to Rome.
& Juliet's wedding day, according to Shakespeare.
1513 Giovanni de'Medici
(Pope Leo X) was elected to the papacy. During his pontificate, he raised the
papacy to significant political power and excommunicated Martin Luther.
1669 Mount Etna (Sicily) erupted. 990,000,000
cubic yards of lava were thrown out over four months, destroying a dozen
villages. Ashes formed a double cone more than 150 ft high, now called Monti