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Post by Telynor » Wed December 8th, 2010, 11:45 pm

Born today in Columbus, Ohio, in 1894, James Thurber, American author. Still one of the best writers and cartoonists of the 20th century.

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Post by Susan » Thu December 9th, 2010, 2:56 am

December 9 in royal history:

December 9, 1165 – Death of Malcolm IV of Scotland at Jedburgh Castle; buried at Dunfermline Abbey, Fife, Scotland

December 9, 1594 – Birth of Gustav II Adolf of Sweden

December 9, 1706 – Death of Pedro II of Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon

December 9, 1751 – Birth of Maria Louisa of Parma, wife Charles IV of Spain

December 9, 1806 - Death of Franz, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Franz was the grandfather of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

December 9, 1810 – Birth of Auguste de Beauharnais, 2nd Duke of Leuchtenberg, first husband of Maria II of Portugal

December 9, 1963 - Birth of Masako Owada, wife of Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan

December 9, 1991 - Birth of Prince Joachim of Belgium, Archduke of Austria, son of Princess Astrid of Belgium

December 9, 1992 - Separation of the Prince and Princess of Wales announced by British Prime Minister John Major
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Post by Susan » Thu December 9th, 2010, 11:11 pm

December 10 in royal history:

December 10, 1394 – Birth of James I of Scotland at Dunfermline Palace, Fife, Scotland

December 10, 1820 – Birth of Princess Elizabeth of Clarence, at St. James Palace
Elizabeth was the daughter of William, Duke of Clarence (the future William IV) and Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. She was born prematurely on December 10, 1820. Elizabeth seemed to be in good health but she developed a fever and had convulsions on March 1, 1821. The cause of death was a strangulated hernia which was untreatable in 1821. She was buried in the Royal Tomb House at St. George's Chapel, Windsor. During her short life, she was third in line to the throne and would have been queen instead of her cousin Victoria if she had lived.

December 10, 1865 – Death of Leopold I of the Belgians at Laeken, Belgium; buried at Royal Vault at the Church of Our Lady, Laeken
Leopold was the uncle of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

December 10, 1936 - Edward VIII signs the Instrument of Abdication
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Post by Susan » Sat December 11th, 2010, 3:50 am

December 11 in royal history:

December 11, 1282 - Ambush and killing of Llewellyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Gwynedd, the last native Prince of Wales

December 11, 1472 - Death of Margaret of York, daughter of Edward IV; buried at Westminster Abbey
Margaret was the fourth daughter and fifth child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. She died at 8 months of age and was buried in Edward the Confessor's Chapel in Westminster Abbey.

December 11, 1709 – Birth of Louise-Élisabeth of Orléans, wife of Louis I of Spain

December 11, 1743 - Wedding of Princess Louisa, daughter of George II, to Frederik V of Denmark at Altona, Hamburg, Germany

December 11, 1752 – Death of Adolf Friedrich III, Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

December 11, 1780 - Death of Anna Sophie of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, wife of Franz Josias, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

December 11, 1826 – Death of Maria Leopoldina of Austria, first wife of Pedro I of Brazil/Pedro IV of Portugal, in childbirth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; buried first in the Ajuda Abbey in Rio de Janeiro, since 1954 in the Ipiranga monument in São Paulo, Brazil

December 11, 1829 – Wedding of Ferdinand VII of Spain (4th marriage) and Maria Christina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies

December 11, 1830 – Birth of Kamehameha V of Hawaii
December 11, 1872 - Death of Kamehameha V of Hawaii

December 11, 1850 – Birth of Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton, first wife of Albert I of Monaco
The couple divorced after 11 years of marriage.

December 11, 1936 - Abdication of Edward VIII; his brother George VI becomes king
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Post by Susan » Sun December 12th, 2010, 2:40 am

December 12 in royal history:

December 12, 1212 – Death of Geoffrey, Archbishop of York, illegitimate son of Henry II; died and buried at the Priory of Saint Michael at Grandmont in Normandy

December 12, 1574 - Birth of Anne of Denmark, wife of James I

December 12, 1791 – Birth of Marie Louise of Austria, second wife of Napoléon Bonaparte

December 12, 1843 - Death of Willem I of the Netherlands

December 12, 1912 – Death of Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria in Munich, Bavaria; buried at the Theatine Church St. Cajetan in Munich
Luitpold was the regent and the real ruler of Bavaria from 1886 to 1912, due to the mental incompetency of his nephews, Ludwig II and Otto.

December 12, 1992 - Wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Timothy Laurence at Crathie Church, Ballater, Scotland
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Post by Susan » Sun December 12th, 2010, 11:29 pm

December 13 in royal history:

December 13, 1521 – Death of Manuel I of Portugal

December 13, 1533 – Birth of Eric XIV of Sweden

December 13, 1553 - Birth of Henri IV of France

December 13, 1621 – Death of Katarina Stenbock, third wife of Gustav I of Sweden at Strömsholm Palace; buried at Uppsala Cathedral

December 13, 1826 – Death of Louise d'Aumont Mazarin, wife of Prince Honoré IV of Monaco; buried at Saint Nicholas Cathedral, Monaco

December 13, 1906 - Birth of Princess Marina of Greece, wife of Prince George, Duke of Kent, at Nicholas Palace, Athens, Greece

December 13, 2005 – Births of Princes Nicolas and Aymeric of Belgium, sons of Prince Laurent
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Post by annis » Mon December 13th, 2010, 7:42 pm

On December 14, 1782, the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph and Jacques, set up their first balloon test flight. The lifting force was so great that they lost control of their craft. The balloon floated about 1.5 miles before crash landing in the village of Gonesse. The alarmed inhabitants, thinking that it was the skin of a monstrous animal, attacked it with pitchforks and stones, destroying it!

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Picture of the Montgolfiers’ first public balloon flight demonstration at Versailles, September 19, 1783, nearly a year later.

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Post by Susan » Mon December 13th, 2010, 11:43 pm

December 14 in royal history:

December 14, 1542 - Death of James V of Scotland at Falkland Palace, Fife; buried at Holyrood Abbey, Edinburgh; his six day old daughter Mary becomes Queen of Scots

December 14, 1784 – Birth of Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, first wife of Ferdinand VII of Spain

December 14, 1787 – Birth of Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, third wife of Francis I of Austria

December 14, 1861 - Death of Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria, at Windsor Castle; buried at the Royal Mausoleum, Frogmore, Windsor
Prince Albert died of typhoid fever at age 42. Some modern medical detectives think he could have died of stomach cancer.

December 14, 1873 – Death of Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, wife of Frederick William IV of Prussia, in Dresden; buried at Friedenskirche in Potsdam

December 14, 1878 - Death of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, wife of Grand Duke Louis IV of Hesse and by Rhine, daughter of Queen Victoria, at Neues Palais, Darmstadt, Germany; buried at the Mausoleum of Rosenhöhe, Hessen-Darmstadt
Alice died of diphtheria on the same date her father had died 17 years earlier. Alice's youngest daughter May had died of diphtheria a few weeks earlier.

December 14, 1895 - Birth of George VI at York Cottage, Sandringham, Norfolk
Prince Albert Frederick Arthur George was born on the anniversary of the death in 1861 of his great grandfather Prince Albert and of his great aunt Princess Alice in 1878. Queen Victoria received the news with mixed feelings. Her son, the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) wrote to his son, the new baby's father: "Grandmama was rather distressed that this happy event should have taken place on a darkly sad anniversary for us, but I think - as well as most of us in the family here - that it will break the spell of this unlucky date."

December 14, 1901 – Birth of Paul I of Greece
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Post by Susan » Tue December 14th, 2010, 11:55 pm

December 15 in royal history:

December 15, 37 - Birth of Emperor Nero of Rome

December 15, 130 - Birth of Roman Emperor Lucius Verus

December 15, 1263 – Death of Haakon IV of Norway

December 15, 1667 – Birth of Ernest Louis, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

December 15, 1719 – Birth of Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt

December 15, 1785 – Wedding of George, Prince of Wales (future George IV) and Maria Fitzherbert at Park Lane, Mayfair, London
Because George married Mrs. Fitzherbert contrary to the Royal Marriages Act, the marriage was legally void. He married without his father's permission (he was then under 25 and his father’s permission was required by law) and Mrs. Fitzherbert was a Roman Catholic, which was in violation of the Act of Settlement. The marriage was covered up with help of the Duke of Wellington, and not made public until 1852, 22 years after the death of George IV. George married his cousin Caroline of Brunswick in 1795.

December 15, 1885 – Death of Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, King of Portugal and co-ruler with Maria II of Portugal, at Pena National Palace, in Sintra, Portugal; buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon
Ferdinand was a first cousin of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, and Empress Carlota of Mexico.

December 15, 1994 - Birth of Flora Ogilvy, daughter of James Ogilvy, granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, in Edinburgh, Scotland
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Post by Susan » Thu December 16th, 2010, 12:03 am

December 16 in royal history:

December 16, 1485 - Birth of Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, first wife of Henry VIII, mother of Mary I, at Alcala de Henares, Spain

December 16, 1732 – Death of Prince Josef Johann Adam of Liechtenstein; buried at the Liechtenstein Crypt in Vranov nearby Brno, Czech Republic

December 16, 1790 - Birth of Leopold I of the Belgians
Birth name: Prince Leopold Georg Christian Friedrich of Saxe-Coburg-Saafeld
King Leopold I was the uncle of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

December 16, 1888 - Birth of Alexander I of Yugoslavia

December 16, 1909 – Death of Adelaide of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rosenberg, wife of Miguel of Portugal (after he was deposed); buried at the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, Lisbon
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