Thursday, March 15, 2018

Hungary 1848

170 years ago today, an attempted revolution broke out in Hungary.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Frederik Stang at 210

Frederik Stang210 decades ago today, Frederik Stang was born.

Stang was first minister in Christiania from 1861 and Prime Minister (statsminister; a title shared from then until 1905 with the head of the Stockholm delegation, who had had the title alone till then) and head of government from 1873 until he left the fight over the checks and balances with the parliament to Christian August Selmer.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Brest-Litovsk at 100

The Treaty of Brest-LitovskA century ago today, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk was signed, marking Russia's exit from the Great War.

The Vendée

225 years ago, the War in the Vendée commenced.

An excerpt from a movie based on the conflict:

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Jules Lunteschütz (1822–1893): Arthur Schopenhauer23 decades years ago today, Arthur Schopenhauer was born.

Schopenhauer was well into the art of controversy. He also had something to say about meritocracy and forms of government:

A peculiar disadvantage attaching to republics — and one that might not be looked for — is that in this form of government it must be more difficult for men of ability to attain high position and exercise direct political influence than in the case of monarchies. For always and everywhere and under all circumstances there is a conspiracy, or instinctive alliance, against such men on the part of all the stupid, the weak, and the commonplace; they look upon such men as their natural enemies, and they are firmly held together by a common fear of them. There is always a numerous host of the stupid and the weak, and in a republican constitution it is easy for them to suppress and exclude the men of ability, so that they may not be outflanked by them. They are fifty to one; and here all have equal rights at the start.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Happy Birthday, King Harald V!

Today marks the nine squared birthday of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway.

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Birthday, Your Serene Highness!

Best wishes to Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein, on his 73nd birthday!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Julian Simon

20 years ago today, Julian Lincoln Simon, author of The Ultimate Resource, passed away.

Jules Verne

Born in the same year as Henrik Ibsen, Jules Verne was born 190 years ago today.

Amongst his works are The Eternal Adam.

Lisbon Funeral

110 years and a week ago today, His Most Faithful Majesty Carlos I of Portugal and the Prince Royal were assassinated.

The funeral was 110 years ago today.

Strutt at 144

Lt. Col. Edward Lisle Strutt CBE DSOTwelve squared years ago today, the icon and mascot of this weblog was born.

Please feel free to browse posts on the late officer.