Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Johan Scharffenberg at 145

Johan Scharffenberg
In this Norwegian consitutional bicentennial year, 145 years ago today, Johan Scharffenberg was born.

Scharffenberg was active in 1905 for the republican cause in the Kingdom of Norway, but at the end of World War II he was behind a move to give more powers to the King.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Two Emperors and a Crown Prince

98 years ago today, Emperor-King Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary passed away – ending a reign eleven days short of 68 years.

Archduke Karl ascended the thrones of the Dual Monarchy as Emperor-King, with his eldest son, Archduke Otto as Crown Prince.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Jersey and the Bill of Rights

The Great Seal of the State of New Jersey225 years ago today, the State of New Jersey ratified the United States Bill of Rights.

Smith Passing at 7

Seven years ago today, Ian Douglas Smith passed away.

Happy Anniversary!

To Her Britannic Majesty and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.

They married three years short of seventy years ago today.

Uncrowned Emperor 102

Today marks the 102nd birthday of the late Archduke Otto of Austria – the fourth after his passing.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy National Day, Monaco!

The Principality of Monaco, one of two monarchies in Europe where the monarch can actually in any meaningful way be said to still be ruling, celebrates her National Day.

Congratulations! Especially to the Princely Family and the people and residents of Monaco! And good wishes for the expected heirs!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Mehmed VI Expelled

Eight years short of century ago today, Mehmed VI was expelled and departed Constantinople.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The King's Norwegian PM

In this constitutional bicentennial year, two years short of two centuries ago today, Christian August Selmer, Norwegian Prime Minister of King Oscar II, who fought with His Majesty against the usurping Parliament during the “constitutional crisis” of the 1880s, was born.

Prime Minister Selmer met with King Oscar at Sofiero Palace to discuss how to handle the “constitutional crisis.”

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Viva o Imperador!

Five quarters of a century ago today, Emperor Pedro II was deposed.

125 years of Interregnum is far more than enough!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Landsdowne on the Great War

William James Topley: The Marquess of Lansdowne, Governor General of CanadaTwo years shot of a century ago today, Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, former Governor General of Canada and Viceroy of India, expressed disagreement with the Allied war effort. About a year later, he wrote (according to the History Channel):

[The] prolongation [of the war] will spell ruin for the civilized world, and an infinite addition to the load of human suffering which already weighs upon it[...]