On This Day
1576 – Eighty Years’ War: Pacification of Ghent: The States General of the Netherlands meet and unite to oppose Spanish occupation.
The Pacification of Ghent, signed on 8 November 1576, was an alliance of the provinces of the Habsburg Netherlands for the purpose of driving mutinying Spanish mercenary troops from the country and promoting a peace treaty with the rebelling provinces of Holland and Zeeland.
Born On This Day
1342 – Julian of Norwich, English mystic and saint (d. 1416)
Julian of Norwich (c. 8 November 1342 – c. 1416), also called Juliana of Norwich, was an English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman. She is formally commemorated with a feast on 8 May in the Anglican Church, Episcopal Church, and Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has not yet been formally beatified or canonised in the Roman Catholic Church, so she is not currently in the Roman Martyrology or on the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. However, she is popularly venerated by Catholics as a holy woman of God, and is therefore at times referred to as “Saint”, “Blessed”, or “Mother” Julian.
Kitty Linn O’Neil (March 24, 1946 – November 2, 2018) was an American stuntwoman and racer, known as “the fastest woman in the world.” An illness in early childhood left her deaf, and more illnesses in early adulthood cut short a career in diving, but O’Neil’s career as a stuntwoman and racer led to her depiction in a television movie and as an action figure. Her women’s land speed record still stands.
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