Saturday, May 21, 2011
May 21, On this day The Agonalia was held. It was held on January 9th, March 17th, May 21st, and December 11th. On each day a ram was sacrificed, probably as an offering to Janus. 685 English settlement was halted at the Firth of Forth when Picts defeated Northumbrians at Nachtansmere. 878 Syracuse, Italy was captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. 879 Pope John VIII gave blessings to Duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of the Croatian state. 996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor. 1420 Charles VI ceded France to Henry V of England in the Treaty of Troyes, after Henry's victory at Agincourt.