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Notable Births: 1378 - Callistus III [Alfonso the Borja] Pope (1455-58) 514 - Andreas Vesalius Brussels Belgium, anatomist (Fabrica) 1491- Jacques Cartier, French explorer who claimed Canada for France 1540 - Silvio Antoniano Italian cardinal/theologist (Tre libri) 1550 - Henri Guise [le Balafré] French duke/leader (Catholic League) 1668 - Hermannus Boerhaave Dutch medical/botanist
Notable Deaths: 0192 - Lucius Aurelius Commodus Emperor of Rome (180-192), murdered at 31 0406 - Godagisel king of the Vandals, dies in battle 0439 (1 comments)
Births: 1566 - Alessandro Piccinini composer 1569 - Georg Quitschreiber composer 1644 - Philips van Almonde Dutch Zeeuws Lieutenant-Admiral
Deaths: 0273 - Felix I Italian Bishop of Rome, dies (or 274) 1460 - Death of the Duke of York 1525 - Jacob Fugger German banker/merchant, dies at 66 1572 - Galeazzo Alessi Italian architect (Palazza Marino, Milan), dies at 60 1591 - Innocent IX [Giovanni Facchinetti] Pope, (1591 62 days), dies at 72 1604 - Death of St. John Regis 1635 - Jan Baptista Van Helmont (0 comments)
Births: 1616 - Death of Stephen Bocskay, Prince of Transylvania
Deaths: 1170 - Martyrdom of St. Thomas a Becket, by Reginald Fitzhurse, Hugh de Morville, William de Tracy, and Richard le Breton 1530 - Cardinal Thomas Wolsey adviser to England's King Henry VIII 1558 - Hermann Finck, German composer, dies at 31 1563 - Sebastian Castellio (also spelled Châtaillon, Castellión and Castello) French preacher and theologian, and an important 16th century proponent of the concept of freedom of religion and conscience
Today is December 28, 2009. On this date in Medieval History (Hmmmm….slow day…..):
Notable Births: 1484 Joachim Vadianus [von Watt] Swiss physician/mayor of Sankt Gallen 1631 Ludolf Backhuysen Dutch seascape painter/cartoonist
Notable Deaths: 1446 Clemens VIII [Aegyd Muñoz] Spanish anti-pope (1423-29), dies 1542 Albert Pigge [Pighius] Dutch theologist/astronomer, dies at about 52 1622 François de Sales French bishop of Genèva/writer/saint, dies at 55
Events: 0418 St Boniface I begins his reign as Catholic Pope 0801 Louis the Vrome occupies Barcelona 1065 Westminister Abbey opens in London 1614 Sperm whale beached at Noordwijk (0 comments)
Remember the outrage over AIG, GM, CitiGroup bonuses? - 12/27/09 11:20 AM
Washington and the Obama administration were outraged--outraged I say!!--over the bonuses that were paid out to the insurance, auto and bankings executives who received bailout monies. How is it that these free-enterprise companies could be so tone-deaf as to pay out these huge bonuses when they had survived thanks to taxpayer dollars? Apparently the same standard does not apply to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. This from the Washington Examiner: “The Obama administration pledged Thursday to provide unlimited financial assistance to mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, an eleventh-hour move that allows the government to exceed the current $400 billion (0 comments)
Births: 1194 - Frederick II Iesi Italy, German Emperor (1212-1250)/King of Sicily 1618 - Elisabeth Paltsgravin of Rhine/abbess 1633 - Charles E Biset Flemish painter, baptised 1660 - Peter Schenck German/Netherlands engraver/publisher, baptised 1687 - Johann Georg Pisendel German violinist/composer Deaths: 0267 - Dionysius bishop of Rome/saint, dies 1476 - Galeazzo Maria Sforza duke of Milan, murdered 1530 - Zahir al-Din Mohammed Babur Shah founder Mogols-dynasty, dies at 47 1574 - Charles Guise archbishop/cardinal of Reims, dies at 50 1624 - Simon Marius astronomer, dies in Bavaria at (0 comments)
Tomorrow in Medieval History, December 25th - 12/24/09 03:42 PM
Okay, since tomorrow is Christmas, December 25th, and I have children, grandchildren, parents, various and sundry kin and a wife to be with tomorrow, I am posting tomorrow’s “Today in Medieval History” a day early.
Have a very merry, safe and blessed Christmas.
0004 BC - Jesus of Nazareth religious leader/philosopher (estimated date) 1583 - Orlando Gibbons English composer (O Clap Your Hands), baptized 1601 - Jose Ximenez composer
0795 - Adrian I Italian Pope (772-95), dies 0820 - Leo V the Armenian, Byzantine general/Emperor (813-20), murdered 1156 - Peter Venerabilis French theologist/9th abbot of Cluny, dies (0 comments)
0003 BC - Servius Sulpicius Galba 6th Roman emperor (68-69) 1167 - John "without a land" king of England (1199-1216) 1564 - Abraham C Bloemaert painter/cartoonist/engraver 1653 - Georg Motz composer 1679 - Domenico Natale Sarro composer 1689 - French van Mieris "the Young" Dutch painter/historian
563 - The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes. 640 - John IV begins his reign as Catholic Pope 1046 - Pope Clement II, [Suitger] elected 1069 - Godfried II with (2 comments)
Medieval tech support - 12/16/09 08:07 AM
As REALTORs we have all learned that "technology is king". PDAs, GPS, internet networking, micro this, digital that....Modernize or die!!! Ah, for simpler days........ (0 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 16 - 12/16/09 07:58 AM
Good Morning! It is Wednesday December 16, 2009 Happy Birthday to... 1485 Catherine of Aragon, Spanish prince/first wife of Henry VIII of EnglandOn this day... In 0370 Death of St. Eusebius of Vercelli In 0714 Death of Pepin II, ruler of France In 0882 Murder of Pope John VIII In 0882 Election of Pope Marinus I In 1316 Othon de Grandson appointed to the embassy to the Pope In 1431 Coronation of Henry VI, King of England, as King of France In 1515 Death of Alfonso d'Albuquerque In 1594 Anne Balfour burned in Scotland as a witch In 1631 Eruption (0 comments)
Blowin' in the wind..... - 12/14/09 10:51 AM
As Bob Dylan once sang "You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows". Rasmussen's Daily Presidential Tracking Poll shows Obama's "strongly approve" rating at 24% and "strongly disapprove" at 42%, a -18% difference. His overall approval rating is at a new low of 44%. Following the lead of Congressman John Tanner (D-TN) and his declaration of retirement, 25-year Tennessee Democrat U. S. Congressman Bart Gordon has today announced he will retire at the end of his current term. Does anyone really think that if the projections for 2010 were rosier for the Democrats that they would be (1 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 14 - 12/14/09 07:30 AM
Good Morning! It is Monday December 14, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1546 Tycho Brahe In 1553 Henry IV of France (of Navarre)On this day... In 0867 Election of Adrian II as Pope In 0872 Death of Pope Adrian II In 0872 Election of Pope John III In 1154 Election of Pope Hadrian IV In 1247 Death of Robin Hood In 1264 Creation of the Barony of DeRos (England) In 1417 Burning of Sir John Oldcastle as a Lollard (he was the prototype of the Shakespearean character of Falstaff) In 1515 France makes peace with Pope Leo X In 1542 Death of (4 comments)
Sarah Palin "serves" William Shatner on SNL - 12/13/09 10:32 AM
Okay, I realize that by now most of you have probably already seen this YouTube video from another source. In a day and age when so many politicians take themselves and their images far, far too seriously, its nice to see that Sarah Palin, who has been treated anything but fairly in the MSM, can deal with it with humor and good grace. (3 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 13 - 12/13/09 07:10 AM
Good Morning! It is Sunday December 13, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1503 Michel de Nostre Damus (Nostradamus) In 1585 William DrummondOn this day... In 0820 Murder of St. Kenelm, King of Mercia In 1124 Death of Pope Colextus II In 1204 Death of Maimonides In 1215 Llywelyn "the Great" captures Caermarthen Castle In 1250 Death of Frederick II, deposed Holy Roman Emperor In 1294 Abdication of Pope Celestine V In 1402 Emperor Go-Komatsu moves into the rebuilt Imperial Palace, Japan In 1476 First item printed in England, a Papal Indulgence In 1531 A vision of the Virgin Mary appears to Juan (2 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 9 - 12/09/09 08:14 AM
Good Morning! It is Wednesday December 9, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1482 Frederick "the Wise," Elector Palantine of the Rhine In 1561 Sir Edmund Sandys In 1594 Gustavus II Adolphus, King of Sweden In 1608 John MiltonOn this day... In 0297 Martyrdom of Sts. Hipparchus and Philotheus In 0535 Belisarius takes Rome In 0627 NINEVEH (Heraclius defeats Persians) In 0656 BATTLE OF THE CAMEL (Ali defeats opponents) In 0861 Murder of Mutawakkil, Caliph of Baghdad In 1165 Death of Malcolm IV, King of Scotland In 1212 Coronation of Frederick II as King of Germany In 1221 INDUS (Defeat of Jelal-ud-Din by (2 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 6 - 12/06/09 07:24 AM
Good Morning! It is Sunday December 6, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1421 Henry VI, King of EnglandOn this day... In 0342 Death of St. Nicholas In 1185 Death of Alphonso I, King of Portugal In 1240 Mongols take Kiev, Russia In 1273 St. Thomas Aquinas ceases writing In 1323 John of Nottingham and Robert Marshall of Leicester undertake the murder of Edward II, King of England, by witchcraft In 1352 Death of Pope Clement VI In 1362 Coronation of Pope Urban V In 1475 Death of Castilglione In 1491 Marriage of Duchess Anne of Brittany to Charles VII of France In (0 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 4 - 12/04/09 07:53 AM
Good Morning! It is Friday December 4, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1383 Pope Felix VOn this day... In 0265 Last of the wall around Verona, Italy, built In 0771 Death of Carloman, co-ruler of the Franks In 1075 Martyrdom of St. Anno In 1093 Archbishop Anselm, of Canterbury, consecrated In 1099 Death of St. Osmund In 1154 Election of Pope Adrian IV (only English Pope) In 1214 Death of William, "the Lion," King of Scotland In 1334 Death of Pope John XXII In 1563 Council of Trent expands the authority of the Pope In 1604 Champlain reaches the St. Croix River, (2 comments)
A sort-of-a warning - 12/03/09 02:19 PM
Okay, after several years of struggling along with a laptop computer that was so outdated that it ran on kerosene, I finally broke down and bought a new, fast, fancy-schmancy Dell--high speed, tons of memory, 17-inch monitor, blah, blah. It came loaded with Vista (boo!), but I was told that I would get the upgrade to Windows 7 (yeah!). Okay, so I got the upgrade. What I was not aware of is that Windows 7 is force-loaded with Internet Explorer 8 and you cannot unistall it and install IE 7. Guess what-- there are a lot of websites that are not (4 comments)
Christmas Open House, Dec. 5, Cumberland Real Estate & Auction - 12/03/09 01:59 PM
Okay, I know all you other REALTORs across the width and breadth (what, exactly, is a "breadth" anyway?) have nothing better to do this weekend than to send all your competitors to another real estate office's open house, but that's why we have "Localism", right?
If, on the other hand, you do wish to come and get a free picture with a pretty good-looking Santa, be my guest.
Season's Greetings......er.......Merry Christmas to all!!!!
Today in Medieval History, December 3 - 12/03/09 07:39 AM
Good Morning! It is Thursday December 3, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1368 Charles IV, King of France In 1596 Nicolo Amati, violin-makerOn this day... In 1154 Death of Pope Anastasius IV In 1469 Death of Piero de'Medici In 1557 Scots Protestants united by a National Covenant In 1564 Ivan IV, "the Terrible," and the Russian Royal family leave Moscow In 1592 Death of Alexander Farnese, the Duke of Parma In 1621 Galileo invents the telescope. In 1639 Bronx, New York, purchased from the Indians by Jonas Bronck (3 comments)
Today in Medieval History, December 1 - 12/01/09 05:45 AM
Good Morning! It is Tuesday December 1, 2009Happy Birthday to... In 1083 Princess Anna Commena of ByzantiumOn this day... In 0066 Death of St. Eligius In 0659 Death of St. Eloi In 1135 Death of Henry I, King of England In 1170 Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, returns to England from exile In 1372 Geoffrey Chaucer left England for Rome on a Royal mission In 1420 Henry V, King of England, and his new wife, Catherine of Valois, enter Paris In 1641 Charles I, King of England, receives the Grand Remonstrance (2 comments)
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