First things first…I sent out an email to each one of you so we can start getting the whole group connected both on the blog and via email. For those of you who’ve responded– thanks! To everyone else, please let me know if we can share your email with the whole group and if we can post a short bio about you on the blog.
For those of you going through finals week right now, best of luck!
And now for this week in history:
1798: The United Irishmen rebel against British rule in Ireland, but despite French help they are defeated.
1915: Italy switches sides and declares war on Austria-Hungary, in accordance with the secret Treaty of London.
1943: Germany calls off the Battle of the Atlantic by withdrawing its U-boats from North Atlantic convoy routes.
1521: The Edict of Worms condemns Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther as an outlaw and heretic.
1963: Thirty two nations from the Organization of African Unity convene with the aim of ending white rule in Africa.
1679: The Habaeus Corpus Amendment Act requires the showing of ‘just cause’ for imprisonment over 24 hours.
1948: The Afrikaner National Party wins the South African general election and introduces ‘apartheid.’
1940: ‘Operation Dynamo,’ the mass evacuation of encircled British and French troops from Dunkirk, begins.
1941: The German battleship ‘Bismark’ is sunk by the Royal Navy, with only 110 survivors from its 2,192 crew.
1942: Reinhard Heydrich, an architect of the Nazi genocide, is fatally wounded by Czech partisans in Prague.
1830: The ‘Indian Removal Act’–deporting Native Americans to West of the Mississippi–is signed into US law.
1453: The Roman empire in the east comes to an end as Ottoman sultan Mehmet II captures Constantinople.