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May 15, 2004

What happened of interest in history today...

Of interest to me, that is. Your mileage may vary...

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1215 King John of England "agrees" to Magna Carta. The first step in a long series of limits on the powers of the monarch that lead to the US Constitution. In retrospect, a sad day for leftists the world over. Pointlessly proud to be descended from a member of the petite nobility present that day. Probably one who wanted something specifc and selfish, but, hey, it's not like you choose your ancestors! I had the chance while in England last fall to view one of the extant copies that is held at Salisbury Cathedral. Very interesting to see what they thought important. You can read the text here.

Magna Carta is often thought of as the corner-stone of liberty and the chief defence against arbitrary and unjust rule in England. In fact it contains few sweeping statements of principle, but is a series of concessions wrung from the unwilling King John by his rebellious barons in 1215. However, Magna Carta established for the first time a very significant constitutional principle, namely that the power of the king could be limited by a written grant.

1479 -BC-- Battle of Megiddo: Thutmose III defeats the King of Kadesh. The location of the first recorded battle in history - and according to Revelations, will be the site of the Last Battle of history.

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1862 Ben Butler issues his famous "Woman Order" That Ben! Whatta card!

1948 Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, & Saudi-Arabia attack Israel - get butts kicked. Not for the last time, either.

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