Henry was a legendary Swedish clergyman. Conquering Finland
together with King Eric the Saint of Sweden and dying as a martyr,
Henry became central in the local Roman Catholic Church. Even today,
together with his alleged murderer Lalli, he remains one of the best
recognized persons from the history of Finland. The authenticity of
the accounts of Henry's life, ministry, and death is widely disputed.
On the basis of the traditional accounts of Henry's death, he was
locally recognized as a saint, prior to the founding of the
Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. He continues to be
remembered as a local observance in the Catholic Church of Finland. He
is also commemorated in several Protestant liturgical calendars.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
William the Conqueror and his fleet of around 600 ships landed at
Pevensey, Sussex, beginning the Norman conquest of England.
Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, the first European to
travel along the coast of California, landed on what is now the City
of San Diego.
Paul Henderson scored the game-winning goal against Vladislav
Tretiak, securing a Canadian victory in the Summit Series over the
Soviet ice hockey team.
The ferry MS Estonia sank while commuting between Tallinn, Estonia,
and Stockholm, Sweden, claiming 852 lives in one of the worst maritime
accidents in the Baltic Sea.
Wiktionary's Word of the day:
dyscalculia: (pathology) Difficulty in solving mathematical problems.
Wikiquote of the day:
A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed — I well
know. For it's a sign that he tried to surpass himself. -- Georges