Saturday, September 02, 2017

September 3

1939 (11:15 a.m.) - Britain's Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, announced the declaration of war against Germany.

The Brits were soon joined by France, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada...But not the U.S. - something to keep in mind when we call on our allies in times of need.

Too bad the Brits and French gave Hitler six years to build up...If Chamberlain had any honor he would have put the "peace in our time" declaration in his mouth and choked to death on it.

Needless to say, the war was on, and Hell on Earth was about to begin...Hell to the tune of an estimated 60-80 million deaths.

590 - Gregory I ('the Great') was consecrated as pope. Regarded as the father of the medieval papacy and last of four Latin 'Doctors of the Church,' he was the first pope to aspire to secular power, the man for whom the Gregorian Chant is named, and one of the main organizers of Roman liturgy and its music. He was also one of the prime promoters of monasticism.

Not many people are recognized with 'the Great' after their name, but Gregory definitely fits the model...
I highly recommend you read about him and the effects he had on the Church.

1658 - Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, died.

No one is positive what the Lord Protector died of, but most believe he was poisoned or had malaria...I tend to think some Royalists got him.

Either way, Cromwell left only a useless son to succeed him, and the monarchy was reestablished shortly after his death.

A fun tid-bit: Cromwell's body was exhumed from the grave in 1661, and he was executed posthumously...And to make his point very clear, the king had Cromwell's dead body hung then drawn-and-quartered.

1683 - Turkish troops broke through the defenses of Vienna.

Another in the centuries old Muslim attempt to crack Central Europe...Thankfully the Austrian Habsburgs were strong enough to keep them at bay, because had they not there were few other forces strong enough to keep Islam from swallowing up the entire continent.

1752 - This day never happened, nor the next 10, in England.

After England adopted the Gregorian Calendar, 11 days were erased...Many English people rioted, thinking the government stole 11 days of their lives.

1783 - The Treaty of Paris was signed, officially ending the seven year American Revolutionary War and recognizing U.S. independence from Britain.

The colonies earned their freedom by kicking out the world's greatest power.

Next came the hard part, creating a new nation out of a hodge-podge of people...And then they had to fight the Brits again in the War of 1812 to prove they were worthy of being a sovereign country.

1954 - The U.S. Espionage and Sabotage Act of 1954 was signed, legislating the death penalty for peacetime sabotage.

Sounds like a natural idea to me. Why should a country be held hostage by those who wish to do it harm? Internationally or domestically?

Any chance we can start enforcing this law?

1994 - China and Russia proclaimed an end to any lingering hostilities, pledging they would no longer target nuclear missiles or use force against each other.

Sure.  Such trustworthy deal-makers the Chinese and Ruskies are...Especially considering the extent of land the Russians have in the east - most of which is barely inhabited.  A landmass which a country with over a billion people and limited natural resources might find useful.

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