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The Women of Ancient Sparta

There is much speculation about the character of Spartan Women. They are often viewed as strong, determined and powerful. This perception stems from the ability they had to hold more rights and experience more privileges than Greek women of other city-states.

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1559 – Henry II of France is mortally wounded

30 June

King Henry II of France is mortally wounded in a jousting match against Gabriel, comte de Montgomery. Continue reading “1559 – Henry II of France is mortally wounded”

1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth

17 June

Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I (reigned 1628-1658), will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.

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1215 – Magna Carta Libertatum

15 June

On this day in 1215,  King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta Libertatum (commonly known as Magna Carta).

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1966 – ‘Miranda’ ruling

13 June

Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966), was a landmark ruling of the United States Supreme Court that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them.

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1913 – Emily Davison

4 June

Emily Davison, a suffragette, runs out in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer, at the Epsom Derby. She is trampled, never regains consciousness and dies four days later.

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1279-1213 BC Ramesses the Great

Ramesses II, (born c. 1303 BC; died July or August 1213 BC; reigned 1279–1213 BC), was the third pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty of Egypt. Continue reading “1279-1213 BC Ramesses the Great”

1770 – Marie Antoinette marries

16 May

A 14-year-old Marie Antoinette marries 15-year-old Louis-Auguste who later becomes king of France. Continue reading “1770 – Marie Antoinette marries”

1824 – The National Gallery

10 May

The National Gallery in London opens to the public on this day in 1824.

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1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet

2 May

General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware as part of a reverse merger on this day in 1918. Continue reading “1918 – General Motors acquires Chevrolet”

1937 – Daffy Duck’s first appearance

17 April

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character produced by Warner Bros. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, where he usually has been depicted as the best friend and occasional arch-rival of Bugs Bunny. Continue reading “1937 – Daffy Duck’s first appearance”

1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter

7 April

Francis Ford Coppola (born on this day in 1939) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He was part of the New Hollywood wave of film making. Continue reading “1939 – Francis Ford Coppola, American director, producer, and screenwriter”

1770 – William Wordsworth, English poet is born

7 April

William Wordsworth (7 April 1770 – 23 April 1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with their joint publication Lyrical Ballads (1798). Continue reading “1770 – William Wordsworth, English poet is born”

529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis is issued

7 April

The Corpus Iuris Civilis (“Body of Civil Law”) is the modern name for a collection of fundamental works in jurisprudence, issued from 529 to 534 by order of Justinian I, Eastern Roman Emperor. It is also sometimes referred to as the Code of Justinian, although this name belongs more properly to the part titled Codex Justinianus. Continue reading “529 – First draft of the Corpus Juris Civilis is issued”

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