The Festival of Juno
occurred on this day.
1135 Henry I of England died
and the crown was passed to his nephew Stephen of Blois instead of his daughter
Matilda, which resulted in civil war (the Anarchy). The dispute was settled
when Stephen named Matilda's son Henry Plantagenet as his heir.
returned to Canterbury. After establishing an uneasy reconciliation with Henry
II, the Archbishop returned to his See, ending a six-year-long self-imposed
1653 An athlete from Croydon is reported
to have run 20 miles from St Albans to London in less than 90 minutes.