Henry VIII married Catherine of Aragon on this date in 1509. His father had obtained a papal dispensation for this marriage after her first husband, Arthur, died. When her mother, the great queen Isabella of Castile, died in 1504 Henry VII's interest in continuing the alliance with Spain waned--but he did not want to return Catherine's dowry.
She lived in a kind of marital limbo for five years, but when the first Tudor king died, his son took the action of marrying Catherine on his own as soon as he was of age. She was 24 years old; he 18.
As a young woman, Catherine was very beautiful: fair complexion, blue-eyed, with reddish-blonde or auburn hair. It is interesting that she is often depicted in movies and tv series on the Tudors as dark haired and with olive-tone skin (like Irene Papas in Anne of A Thousand Days).