Catalina de Médicis, (Florencia, 1519 - Blois, 1589), daughter of Magdalena de la Tour Auvergne (1495-1519) ~ reina de Francia, esposa de Enrique II y madre de los también reyes de ese país Francisco II, Carlos IX y Enrique III.
February 8, 1487: Mary, Queen of Scots, executed. "I forgive you with all my heart, for now, I hope, you shall make an end to all my troubles," Mary told the executioner. His first blow missed her neck altogether. The second struck her neck, but didn't cut through -- he had to saw through to finish the job. When he held her head aloft by the hair, her wig came off and her head rolled to the ground. Then, a bloody little Skye terrier emerged from her skirts, and refused to leave his mistress.