Monday, July 11, 2011

February 18 it is!

Oh yeah! I love this week's little twist of playing GT - making us participants know what's happening around the world on that day we were born. Okay, so let's do it! According to Wikipedia:
February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 316 days remaining until the end of the year (317 in leap years).
Would you believe there were 46 Events ... whoa. whoa. whoa... wait... do I really need to continue counting? Okay, at least I stopped after I reached a hundred and yeah there's more for Births alone and probably around 60-80 Deaths, WOW!! Didn't just that made me a little dizzy? Breathe!!! Ha-ha-ha! Now let me just pick top 5 from the long-stretched list of each content. Here we go... For Events: 1229 – The Sixth Crusade: Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signs a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy. 1268 – The Livonian Brothers of the Sword are defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere. 1332 – Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim provinces. 1478 – George, Duke of Clarence, convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, is executed in private at the Tower of London. 1637 – Eighty Years' War: Off the coast of Cornwall, England, a Spanish fleet intercepts an important Anglo-Dutch merchant convoy of 44 vessels escorted by 6 warships, destroying or capturing 20 of them.  

BIRTHS: 1374 – Saint Jadwiga of Poland, queen of Poland (d. 1399) 1404 – Leon Battista Alberti, Italian painter and philosopher (d. 1472) 1516 – Queen Mary I of England (d. 1558) 1530 – Uesugi Kenshin, Japanese samurai and warlord (d. 1578) 1543 – Charles III, Duke of Lorraine (d. 1608)  

DEATHS: 806 – Tarasius, Patriarch of Constantinople (b. 730) 814 – Angilbert, Frankish monk and confidant of Charlemagne 901 – Thabit ibn Qurra, Arab astronomer and mathematician (b. 826) 999 – Pope Gregory V (b. 972) 1139 – Prince Yaropolk II of Kiev (b. 1082)  

 HOLIDAYS and OBSERVANCES: (now this is a whole lot easier, lol) Christian Feast Day: Colmán of Lindisfarne Flavian of Constantinople Simeon of Jerusalem (Western Christianity) February 18 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics) Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Gambia from the United Kingdom in 1965. DONE! :D


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