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 •  1504-English guilds/corp goes under state control 
 •  1572-Willem Bloys van Treslong conquers Brielle (Netherlands)
 •  1578-William Harvey of England, the first to completely describe the circulation system, is born
 •  1581-Portugese Cortes subjects himself on Philip II 
 •  1599-Japanese samurai, warlord and pirate Matsura Takanobu dies
 •  1621-The Pilgrim-Wampanoag peace treaty
 •  1663-Gemert fines unwed motherhood (50 guilder penalty) 
 •  1700-April Fools tradition popularized
 •  1724-Henry Pelham (future Prime Minister) becomes English Minister of War 
  -Jonathan Swift publishes Drapier's letters [which one? -ed] 
 •  1748-Ruins of Pompeii found [ed-1749?] 
 •  1777-Friedrich von Klinger's play Sturm und Drang premieres in Leipzig
 •  1778-Oliver Pollock, a New Orleans businessman, creates the dollar sign ($) symbol 
 •  1789-House of Representatives first full meeting, elects F Muhlenberg from New York City as first speaker
 •  1792-Groningen (Netherlands) feminist Etta Palm d'Aelders demands women's right to divorce 
 •  1793-Japanese volcano Mount Unzen erupts, killing about 15,000 [May 21 1792? -ed] 
 •  1800-Weeks' trial sheds light on early procedure
 •  1803-French law rules the use of intention 
 •  1816-Jane Austen declines royal writing advice
 •  1826-Samuel Morey patents internal combustion engine 
 •  1836-Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle reaches Cocos Islands 
 •  1850-San Francisco County Government established 
 •  1853-Cincinnati becomes first U.S. city to pay fire fighters a regular salary 
 •  1856-April Fools prank invites the public to “view the annual ceremony of washing the lions” at the Tower of London (whose menagerie closed in 1835) 

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posted on Colonial Sense: 03/30/2015
Monday Is OK Day
March 20, 2015, The Chronicle of Higher Education by Allan Metcalf
Monday is the anniversary of the birth of the expression OK, 176 years ago, on the second page of the Boston Morning Post for Saturday, March 23, 1839. OK began as a joke, a deliberately misspelled abbreviation of “all correct.” And it remained a joke for the better part of a century, even as it was being put to serious use in OK-ing documents, train departures and arrivals, and wholesome products like Pyle’s O.K. Soap.

But that’s not the most important reason for celebrating OK. In all seriousness, OK contributes to making the world a better place, or at least more tolerable.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/30/2015
Archaeologists unearth silver treasure in Falster
March 17, 2015, The Copenhagen Post (DK) by Christian Wenande
Wielding metal detectors, three amateur archaeologists have unearthed a significant find of 75 large silver coins dating back to the turn of the 17th century, along with fragments of a silver belt, near Orenæs, Falster, in southeastern Denmark.

Michael Märcher, a museum inspector and coin expert with the National Museum of Denmark, was impressed by the many coins. In total, they weighed two kilos.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/29/2015
16th century temple discovered in Krishna
March 18, 2015, The Hindu (IN) by M. Srinivas
The Archaeology and Museums Department has discovered an ancient Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple at Dwaraka Nagar of Chandarlapadu mandal in Krishna district.

The temple, dating to the 16th century A.D., was found when a team led by Assistant Director of Archaeology and Museums Department S. Bangaraiah went to inspect Sri Someswara Swamy temple atop a hill abutting Krishna River at Gudimetla village of Chandarlapadu in Nandigama. “While visiting the Sri Someswara Swamy temple, we noticed a small structure on a hillock and went there only to find an ancient Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple,” said Mr. Bangaraiah.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/29/2015
Iran, Tom Cotton and the Bizarre History of the Logan Act
March 12, 2015, Politico by Josh Zeitz
It’s been over 200 years since members of Congress wore white silk stockings and silver shoe buckles on the House floor, but if you read Tom Cotton’s letter to the leaders of Iran, you wouldn’t necessarily know it.

On March 9th, 47 Republican members of the United States Senate appeared to violate the Logan Act—a law dating to 1799 prohibiting unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments during a dispute with the United States.

The law was a response to the actions of George Logan, a physician and zealous Republican from Pennsylvania, who undertook a lone voyage to Paris in an effort to negotiate an end to the Quasi-War with France. Logan had no official standing or stature, and his private diplomacy stoked Federalist fears of a widespread plot among Republicans (as members of the Jeffersonian party, also known as the Democratic-Republican party, called themselves) to subvert the elected government in Philadelphia.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/28/2015
Milledgeville to remember visit of Revolutionary War hero
March 23, 2015, The Associated Press by Liz Fabian
Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette of France was nearly moved to tears by the Southern hospitality he enjoyed in Milledgeville in 1825.

His secretary noted in his diary that Lafayette was shown so many kindnesses at a ball in his honor that “the general forgot that Georgia was a new acquaintance.”

Lafayette was hailed an international celebrity across the nation 190 years ago during a nationwide farewell tour at the invitation of President James Monroe.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/28/2015
George Washington was the last US president to face an all-out foreign policy uprising
March 11, 2015, Quartz by Steve LeVine
Turns out there’s a close precedent for the spectacle of a poisonously contrary opposing party urging Americans and foreigners alike to ignore the sitting US president. But we must reach back all the way to George Washington and the 1790s, says a leading scholar.

In his day, Washington was branded senile by his opponents—the precursors to today’s Democrats but back then called Republicans—one of whom wished for his early death, according to Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning US revolutionary-era scholar. Calling Washington a traitor, the Republicans, led by Thomas Jefferson, tried to defund a treaty he had negotiated with the British.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/27/2015 -- Followup
Spain finds Don Quixote writer Cervantes' tomb in Madrid
March 17, 2015, BBC (SP) by Camila Ruz
Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain's much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death.

They believe they have found the bones of Cervantes, his wife and others recorded as buried with him in Madrid's Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians.

Separating and identifying his badly damaged bones from the other fragments will be difficult, researchers say.

The Don Quixote author was buried in 1616 but his coffin was later lost.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/27/2015
16 Fun Facts for James Madison’s Birthday
March 16, 2015, Mental Floss by Mark Mancini
At 5 feet 4 inches, Madison was America’s shortest commander-in-chief—but he left behind a towering legacy. To honor his 264th birthday, we’ve dug up some lesser-known details about this “Father of the U.S. Constitution” and the colorful life he led. Did you know...

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/18/2015
Historians ponder future of Revolutionary War relic
March 14, 2015, The Associated Press by Wilson Ring
When it was built late in 1776 the gunboat Spitfire wasn't meant to be the pride of the American fleet. It was built to fight and fight it did, helping slow down the larger British fleet that sailed south out of Canada onto Lake Champlain as part of an effort to crush the colonial rebellion.

The 54-foot Spitfire sank a day after the critical Oct. 11 Battle of Valcour Island, settling into deep water where it went unseen for more than 200 years.

posted on Colonial Sense: 03/18/2015
Tea Tuesdays: The Scottish Spy Who Stole China's Tea Empire
March 10, 2015, NPR by Staff
In the mid-19th century, Britain was an almost unchallenged empire. It controlled about a fifth of the world's surface, and yet its weakness had everything to do with tiny leaves soaked in hot water: tea. By 1800, it was easily the most popular drink among Britons.

The problem? All the tea in the world came from China, and Britain couldn't control the quality or the price. So around 1850, a group of British businessmen set out to create a tea industry in a place they did control: India.


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