97 To placate the Praetorians of
Germany, Roman emperor Nerva adopted Trajan, the Spanish-born governor of lower
Germany, as his successor.
312 Constantine the Great is said to have received
his famous Vision of the Cross.
625 Honorius I Elected Pope. Honorius sponsored the restoration of Roman
buildings, worked to Christianize the Anglo-Saxons, and reorganized the
Visigoths. He was deeply involved in the controversies over monophysitism and
939 Athelstan died. Athelstan
was the first West Saxon king to have effective rule over the whole of England.
He was succeeded by Edmund I as King of England.
1401 Catherine of Valois was
born. The neglected daughter of King Charles VI of France, Catherine married
King Henry V of England and gave birth to his son, Henry VI. After her
husband's untimely death, she began a relationship with Owen Tudor, and married
him in secret. One of their sons was the father of King Henry VII.