A look at some of the history and holidays of this day
Sadie Hawkins Day — Ladies, it’s time to grab you’re man and drag him to a dance. This tradition dates to 1937 and the Lil’ Abner cartoons.
Feast of St. Homobonus, a 12th century Italian merchant who believed that God allowed him to thrive in business so that he might help people in poverty and need. St. Homobonus is patron Saint of business people, tailors, shoemakers and cloth workers.
1002 – History of England: the St. Brice’s Day massacre
The history of England, from the first viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793 A.D. through the Norman Conquest of 1066 A.D., was defined by warfare between the Anglo-Saxons of England fighting against raids and invasions from the Vikings of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. One such event came during the reign of King Æthelred II, more commonly known as Ethelred the Unready, who had inherited the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom in 978 A.D. By 1002 A.D., Ethelred had had his fill of the Vikings and, on this day, gave orders for the St. Brice’s Day Massacre — in essence “find a Dane, kill a Dane.” No quarter was to be given to any Dane found in the land of England.
This led to reprisal raids from the Vikings. Sven Forkbeard of Denmark led a conquering army into England and drove out Ethelred in 1013. Forkbeard’s reign was short, however, as he died in 1014. Ethelred returned to the throne, but died himself early in 1016 A.D. Ethelred’s son, Edmund Ironside, was defeated by Forkbeard’s son, Cnut, and died on Nov. 30, 1016. Cnut the Great became King of all England. It is all memorialized in one of the world’s greatest historical documents, the Anglo Saxon Chronicles.