13 June 2009
Daily Chat 13/06/09
On this day in 1525, Martin Luther married Katarina von Bora, defying the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy rule for priests and nuns. In 1774, Rhode Island became the first British colony in North America to ban the import of slaves. And in 1981, Marcus Sarjeant fires six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. Celebrating birthdays: Malcolm McDowell, Ban Ki-moon, Richard Thomas, Ally Sheedy, Darius Vassell, Florent Malouda and the Olsen twins (Mary Kate and Ashley). In the Roman Catholic Church, today is the feast day of St. Anthony of Padua.