Posts Tagged ‘this week in history’

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For those of you going through finals week right now, best of luck!

And now for this week in history:

May 23…

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.

May 24…

1943: Germany calls off the Battle of the Atlantic by withdrawing its U-boats from North Atlantic convoy routes.

May 25…

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.

May 26…

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.’

May 27…

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.

May 28…

1830: The ‘Indian Removal Act’–deporting Native Americans to West of the Mississippi–is signed into US law.

May 29…

1453: The Roman empire in the east comes to an end as Ottoman sultan Mehmet II captures Constantinople.

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Hello everyone!  I know I usually just focus on things in the past whenever I do “this week in history,” but we are on the eve of history being made.  In just a few hours it will be HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee!  That means she’s been on the throne for 60 years.

Now looking back again (yes, this time it covers a little bit over a week, but hey)…

April 29, 1916 – Irish nationalists in Dublin surrender to British authorities, ending the Easter Uprising.

April 29, 1967 – Boxer Muhammad Ali is stripped of his titles after refusing to serve in the US Army on religious grounds.

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April 30, 1789 – George Washington is sworn in as the first president of the United States.

April 30, 1945 – Adolph Hitler commits suicide in his bunker as Soviet forces overrun Berlin.

April 30, 1975 – The South Vietnamese government surrenders unconditionally to North Vietnam, ending decades of war.

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May 2, 1945 – The Battle for Berlin ends after lasting less than two weeks with the capture of the city by Soviet forces.

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May 4, 1942 – The first ‘selection’ for gassing takes place at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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May 5, 1980 – The SAS storms the Iranian embassy in London, freeing 19 hostages held by terrorists.

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May 7, 1945 – Nazi Germany surrenders unconditionally to the Allies at General Eisenhower’s HQ in Rheims, France.

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May 8, 1945 – Prime Minister Winston Churchill announces the end of the war in Europe following Germany’s surrender.

Hello everyone!  Sorry the blog hasn’t been updated more in the past few weeks.  Over here in NYC (where I >Shady the program assistant< am right now) I’ve been battling my 4th cold of the year and working long days, so I’ve neglected my blogging duties a bit.  But, I’m on the mend so you can expect more frequent posting from now on.

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There have been a lot of interesting stories involving religion in the news recently.  Every time one pops up, I update the “In the News” page with a link to the story.  It’s worth a look just because it’s interesting…but also because we will be returning to this list of articles during the course.  If you find one story that really strikes your fancy, keep it in mind for later.

Thanks for checking back in with the blog and I look forward to meeting all of you in 3 months.  To finish off, let’s go to…

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

April 3 

1917 – Vladimir Lenin arrives at the Finland Station, Russia, to assume leadership of the Bolshevik revolution.

April 4

1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is signed into existence by its 12 founder nations.

1968 – US Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated by a white supremacist in Memphis, Tennessee.

April 6

1917 – The United States formally declares war on Germany, entering WWI on the side of the Allies.

April 7

1944 – Two inmates of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz escape, to later reveal details of the genocide there.

April 8

563 BCE – Siddhartha Gautama (founder of Buddhism) is born, traditional date.

217 CE – The brutal Roman emperor Caracalla is assassinated while relieving himself at a roadside.

1904 – The ‘Entente Cordiale’ is signed by Britain and France, finally ending centuries of intermittent conflict.

April 9

1867 – The United States Senate reluctantly votes to purchase Alaska from Russia for just $7.2 million.

2003 – A massive statue of Saddam Hussein is toppled in central Baghdad as US troops capture the city.

This week in history from the BBC and National Native News:

March 16…

1988 – A chemical attack by Saddam Hussein’s forces on the town of Halabja, Iraq, kills up to 5,000 Kurds.

2011 – Navajo Code Talker Lloyd Oliver passed away. The 88-year-old was from Shiprock, New Mexico. He joined the Marines in 1942 and was one of the original 29 Navajo men who created an unbreakable code in their traditional language. The code was used to transmit messages in the Pacific during World War II.

March 17…

2003 – Britain and the US abandon attempts to gain UN backing for the invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

March 18…

1992 – White South Africans vote overwhelmingly for an end to the racist apartheid system in a referendum.

March 19…

1179 – The Third Lateran Council of the Catholic church calls a crusade against the Cathar heretics in Toulouse.

1920 – American senators reject the Treaty of Versailles, ensuring the US will not join the League of Nations.

March 20…

1933 – The first Nazi concentration camp is completed at Dachau, near Munich.

2003 – ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom,’ the invasion of Iraq by US and British forces, begins with airstrikes.

March 21…

1556 – The first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, is burned at the stake for heresy.

1918 – General Erich Ludendorff launches his huge spring offensive, which ultimately exhausts the German army.

1960 – South African police kill 72 people (majority black South Africans) protesting against identity papers in the township of Sharpeville.  The event has come to be known as the ‘Sharpeville Massacre.’

MARCH 12

1881 – Mohandas Gandhi begins a campaign of civil disobedience against British rule in India

1938 – Germany occupies and then annexes Austria in the “Anschluss,” supposedly intended to re-establish order

MARCH 13

1881 – Tsar Alexander II is assassinated in St. Petersburg, ending reform and causing the scapegoating of the Jews

MARCH 14

1939 – At Germany’s insistence, Slovakia declares independence from Czechoslovakia, becoming a German satellite

1991 – The ‘Birmingham Six,’ jailed for killing 21 people in two IRA bombings, have their convictions quashed

And, from National Native News:

During this month in 2011, an honoring ceremony was held for the first South Dakota Secretary of Tribal Relations Leroy LaPlante. The Cheyenne River Sioux tribal member was named to the post to foster a better working relationship with the state and nine tribes within its borders. South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard created the cabinet-level position after taking office last year.

From the BBC:
On March 8, 1917, Russia’s February Revolution begins with riots in Petrograd over food rations and conduct of the war.

On March 8, 1983, US President Ronald Reagan calls the Soviet Union “an evil empire,” initiating a more hardline US policy.

From National Native News:

On this day (March 9) in 1970, members of the United Nations of All Tribes occupied Fort Lawton in Washington. The base was scheduled to be turned into a park by city leaders. The takeover happened after unsuccessful tries to persuade city and federal officials to return the land to Native people. A cultural and social services center was later built at the site to help urban Indians in the Seattle area.

From National Native News:

During this week in 2009, Carrie Dann, a member of the Western Shoshone tribe, and Manny Pino, a member of Acoma Pueblo, were recognized for their work to protect sacred areas. Dann and Pino received the Human Rights Defenders award by the International Indian Treaty Council. They were honored during the Indigenous Peoples Struggles to Defend Sacred Places symposium held at San Francisco State University.

From the BBC:

On March 6, 1836, Mexican troops massacre the American garrison at the Alamo, an event that has entered US mythology.

On March 7, 1936, Hitler marches German troops into the demilitarized Rhineland in defiance of the Treaty of Versailles.

On March 7, 1945, U.S. forces capture the bridge at Remagen and cross the Rhine, overcoming Germany’s last natural line of defense.