The Coronation of the British monarch is a ceremony in which the
monarch is formally crowned and invested with regalia. The coronation
usually takes place several months after the death of the previous
monarch, for the coronation is considered a joyous occasion that
would be inappropriate when mourning still continues. For example,
Elizabeth II was crowned on 1953-06-02, having ascended to the throne
on 1952-02-06. The ceremony is officiated by the Archbishop of
Canterbury, the most senior cleric of the Church of England. Many
other government officials and guests attend.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
1792 - French Revolution: The National Convention voted to abolish the
monarchy, and the First Republic was proclaimed.
1898 - The Hundred Days' Reform in China was abruptly terminated when
Empress Dowager Cixi forced the reform-minded Guangxu Emperor
into seclusion and took over the government as regent.
1937 - J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, a prequel to The Lord of the
Rings, was first published, with many black-and-white drawings
by Tolkien himself.
2003 - After 14 years of flight time and 8 years of service in the
Jovian system, Galileo spacecraft's mission was terminated by
sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere.
Wikiquote of the day:
"What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche in Beyond Good and Evil