Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 1914

It is July 28, 1914. It is a fateful day. A dreadful, horrendous conflict is about to be unleashed.

A century ago today. In the Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl, Austria-Hungary declares war on the Kingdom of Serbia – on the day a month after the shots of Sarajevo.

The Kaiservilla in Bad Ischl

As this video lecture says, the war hawks were officials serving under the monarchs, and they practiced disloyalty in order to have their war, even lying about Serbian forces firing first:

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Huxley at 120

A dozen decades ago today, Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World was born.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stauffenberg Attempt at 70

Seven decades ago today, Count Claus von Stauffenberg attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler, failing miserably.

An interview with a grandson of his:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Colonel-General de la Fayette

Ary Sheffer: Marquis de LafayetteNine quarters of a century ago today, the Marquis de la Fayette was selected Colonel-General of the National Guard of Paris.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Necker Dismissal

Jacques Necker225 years ago today, Jacques Necker was dismissed as Director-General of Finance of the Kingdom of France.