THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

March 2

1296 - Pope Boniface VIII proclaimed the 'Bull of Clericis Laicos.'

Boniface’s decree stated no layperson (including kings) had the right to demand taxation from the clergy without consent from the Pope...A powerful decree, but one destined to failure.

The Dark/Middle Ages were a time of papal supremacy, but the European kings of the 13th-16th Centuries challenged the power of the Church, in their attempts to consolidate power within their kingdoms...The power-struggle was eventually won by the kings, who used the Reformation as a tool to crush Catholic domination in their lands. Which is why the Reformation is as much of a political movement as a religious one - as is the Catholic Church.


274 - Mani, prophet and founder of Manichaeism, died in a Persian prison.

Manichaeism was one of the great religions of the ancient world, and was a direct threat to Zoroastrianism (official religion of Persia) and Christianity.

Obviously, Manichaeism was defeated as a religion but has played a huge roll in Christianity, through the teachings of St. Augustine...Prior to accepting Christianity, Augustine was a Manichean and many of his teachings incorporated his previous religious beliefs, which have been passed down to this day.


1877 - Rutherford B. Hayes was declared the winner of the 1876 presidential election over Samuel J. Tilden, even though Tilden won the popular vote and was just one electoral vote shy of victory.

The 2000 Election wasn’t the first contested election, and it wasn’t even the most hotly contested...Had the Democrats not attempted to steal it, the 2000 Election wouldn’t have been a Constitutional issue at all. Especially when compared to America's previous election battles.


1897 - President Grover Cleveland vetoed legislation requiring a literacy test for immigrants.

I'd settle for an English test?  Especially considering the amount of Americans who are illiterate.


1917 - Congress passed the Jones Act, which made Puerto Rico a U.S. territory and its inhabitants U.S. citizens.

Puerto Rico should either become a state or be given complete independence...But the reality is they have the best of both worlds: Semi-independence, with American welfare.


1923 - Benito Mussolini admitted women should have a right to vote, but declared the time was not right.

Only a dictator could get away with spinning such illogical B.S.

1939 - The Massachusetts Legislature voted to ratify the Bill of Rights, 147-years after the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution went into effect.

I didn’t know this. How disgusting...But not unexpected from the Massachusetts Soviet Socialist Republic.


1962 - Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points in an NBA game.

100 points in one game, and because it was before the modern era very few people saw it - or will ever see it, because there is no film of the game.

An amazing feat which will never be matched - no other player has ever scored more than 81 in a game (Kobe Bryant).  Even Michael Jordan never got in the 70's...Only four players have ever scored 60+ in a game:  Kobe did it 6 times, Jordan 5 times, and Elgin Baylor did it 4 times.  Wilt did it 32 times!

In fact, in the modern-day NBA some teams average scoring less than 100 points per game.

Wilt was truly a man-among-boys.  The most dominant player ever - even if he's not the greatest.

2004 - NASA scientists reported the Mars rover 'Opportunity' discovered evidence water was once present on the Martian surface.

Can you imagine the excitement there would be if LIFE was found on Mars...It would be amazing.

Surprisingly, LIFE IN THE WOMB isn’t nearly as cherished...Not in Liberalville, that is.

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