On This Day
756 – An Lushan, leader of a revolt against the Tang Dynasty, declares himself emperor and establishes the state of Yan.
Yan (Chinese: 燕; pinyin: Yān), also known as the Great Yan (Chinese: 大燕; pinyin: Dà Yān), was a state established in 756 by the Tang Dynasty general An Lushan, after he rebelled against the reign of Emperor Xuanzong of Tang in 755. The state was extinguished in 763, with the death of An Lushan’s former subordinate, Shi Siming’s son, Shi Chaoyi, who was the last person to claim the title as Yan’s emperor.
Born On This Day
1605 – Bernard of Corleone, Italian saint (d. 1667)
Saint Bernardo da Corleone (6 February 1605 – 12 January 1667) – born Filippo Latini – was a Roman Catholic professed religious from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was a cobbler like his father until the latter died and he became a violent-tempered soldier who was quick to challenge to a duel those who offended him or the causes he believed in. But one duel went too far and he almost killed his opponent; he fled to the Franciscans in Palermo where he experienced a radical conversion and repentance for his previous life. He became severe with himself and inflicted harsh penances on himself such as flagellation.
The process for his sainthood opened on 18 December 1725 under Pope Benedict XIII and he became titled as a Servant of God while the confirmation of his life of heroic virtue allowed for Pope Clement XIII to title him as Venerable on 2 February 1762. The confirmation of two miraculous healings attributed to his intercession allowed for Clement XIII to preside over the beatification on 15 May 1768. Latini received canonization from Pope John Paul II centuries later on 10 June 2001 after the confirmation of one more miracle.
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