Friday, September 30, 2016

Assembly Dissolution

'Le serment de Jeu de Paume (1789)225 years ago today, the National Constituent Assembly was dissolved.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Melville Passing

Herman Melville125 years ago today, Herman Melville passed on.

In Mardi: And A Voyage Thither he wrote:

Better be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Negotiators Election

Anton Hohenstein: Benjamin Franklin's reception at the court of France, 1778A dozen score years ago today, the Continental Congress elected a delegation to secure a formal alliance with the Kingdom of France – after instructions having being prepared two days prior.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Oscar II Accedes

A dozen squared years ago today, King Oscar II ascended the thrones of Sweden and Norway.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Governor Løvenskiold

Eight score years ago today, Severin Løvenskiold passed away.

Løvenskiold was governor of Norway until his demise in 1856. He was a delegate at the Constitutional Convention at Eidsvold in 1814, said to be the most reactionary representative, even supposedly rejecting the principle of popular sovereignty.

Monday, September 12, 2016

333 Years Ago

Franz Geffels: Entsatzschlacht von Wien 1683333 years ago today, the Turks were rejected at Vienna in the Battle of Vienna.

Mencken 136

Painting of H.L. MenckenA century and three dozen years ago today, H.L. Mencken was born.

In November, the H.L. Mencken Club hosts its 2016 conference – November 4 through 5.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Nisbet Passing

Brad Lowell Stone: Robert NisbetA score years ago today, Robert Alexander Nisbet passed away.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Brazilian Independence

194 years ago today, the future Emperor Dom Pedro I proclaimed the independence of Brazil.