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Add Your Piece of History… 11th June

11 Jun
  • On this day in 1509.  Henry VIII marries the first of his 6 wives, Catherine of Aragon.  His elder brother Arthur and Catherine of Aragon married in 1501, but his brother died of an infection very soon afterwards.  Henry VIII ascended the throne in 1509 after the death of his father Henry VII.  He married Catherine of Aragon about 9 weeks after his accession, on 11 June 1509, in Greenwich.  Henry VIII became notorious for his many wives, marrying Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr.
  • On this day in  1863.  New South Wales sees the first public demonstration of electric lighting, to honour the marriage of the Prince of Wales.  Sydney first received street lighting in the 1830’s. This early electric lighting used arc lamps which burned extremely hot, and produced fumes, so they could not be used indoors.
  • On this day in 1979.  Film star John Wayne, also known as the “Duke”, dies of cancer.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or general history).

Portrait of Catherine Aragon

Portrait of Catherine Aragon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Henry VIII

Henry VIII

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