Monday, December 1, 2014

History Trivia - The Festival of Juno celebrated

December 1

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.

1170 Becket returned to Canterbury. After establishing an uneasy reconciliation with Henry II, the Archbishop returned to his See, ending a six-year-long self-imposed exile.

1653 An athlete from Croydon is reported to have run 20 miles from St Albans to London in less than 90 minutes.
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