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1403: King Charles VII of France


1072: Stigand
Stigand became Bishop of Winchester under Edward the Confessor, and after making peace between King Edward and Earl Godwine he was made Archbishop of Canterbury. However, the office had not been officially vacated when his predecessor, Robert of Jumièges, fled, and under canonical law it was illegal for him to hold the office while Robert still lived. His continuation as Archbishop as well as Bishop of Winchester was one of the reasons why Pope Alexander II gave his support to William's invasion, but Stigand was too strong to remove immediately and kept the archbishopric until 1070.

Several of Stigand's deeds are recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

1512: Amerigo Vespucci

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