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Face of Defense: Airman Discovers His Trainer Supervised His Father

Face of Defense: Airman Discovers His Trainer Supervised His Father

FYI November 01, 2017

1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastates the Dutch coast.
The All Saints’ Flood (Allerheiligenvloed) of 1570 was a disaster which happened on November 1, on the Dutch coast. Affected cities include Egmond, Bergen op Zoom and Saeftinghe.

The Domeinraad council in Bergen op Zoom on 1 November 1570 recorded: “Commenting that those big storms of wind yesterday” were to the dike works of the south and north quarters “a warning given about very excessive high flood.”

A long period of storm pushed the water to unprecedented heights, still higher than those at the flood disaster of 1953. It broke innumerable dikes on the Dutch coasts, as a result of which there were enormous floods and immense damage. The total number of dead is thought to have been in the tens of thousands,[1] but exact data is not available. Tens of thousands of people became homeless. Livestock was lost in huge numbers. Winter stocks of food and fodder were destroyed. The Allerheiligenvloed marks the origin of the Verdronken Land van Saeftinghe (verdronken = “drowned”). In Zeeland the small islands Wulpen and Koezand and Cadzand and Stuivezand were permanently lost.

It was confirmed that the floods drowned 20,000 people to death.[2]


1526 – Catherine Jagiellon, queen of John III of Sweden (d. 1583)
Catherine Jagiellon (Polish: Katarzyna Jagiellonka; Swedish: Katarina Jagellonica, Lithuanian: Kotryna Jogailatė; 1 November 1526 – 16 September 1583) was a Polish princess and the wife of John III of Sweden. As such, she was Duchess of Finland (1562–83), Queen of Sweden (1569–83) and Grand Princess of Finland (1581–83). Catherine had significant influence over state affairs during the reign of her spouse, and negotiated with the pope to introduce a counter reformation in Sweden.[1]

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FYI October 31, 2017

802 – Empress Irene is deposed and banished to Lesbos. Conspirators place Nikephoros, the minister of finance, on the Byzantine throne.
Irene of Athens (Greek: Εἰρήνη ἡ Ἀθηναία; c. 752 – 9 August 803 AD), also known as Irene Sarantapechaina (Greek: Εἰρήνη Σαρανταπήχαινα), was Byzantine empress consort by marriage to Leo IV from 775 to 780, Byzantine regent during the minority of her son Constantine VI from 780 until 790, and finally ruling Byzantine (Eastern Roman) empress from 797 to 802. She is best known for ending Iconoclasm.

Early life
Irene was related to the noble Greek Sarantapechos family of Athens. Although she was an orphan, her uncle or cousin Constantine Sarantapechos was a patrician and was possibly general (Greek: strategos) of the theme of Hellas at the end of the 8th century.

Empress consort
She was brought to Constantinople by Emperor Constantine V on 1 November 768 and was married to his son Leo IV on 17 December. Although she appears to have come from a noble family, there is no clear reason why she would have been chosen as Leo’s bride, leading some scholars to speculate that she was selected in a bride-show, in which eligible young women were paraded before the bridegroom until one was finally selected.

On 14 January 771, Irene gave birth to a son, the future Constantine VI. When Constantine V died in September 775, Leo succeeded to the throne at the age of twenty-five years. An unnamed female relative of Irene was married to the Bulgar ruler Telerig in 776. Irene also had a nephew.[1]

Leo, though an iconoclast, pursued a policy of moderation towards iconodules, but his policies became much harsher in August 780, when a number of courtiers were punished for venerating icons. According to tradition, he discovered icons concealed among Irene’s possessions and refused to share the marriage bed with her thereafter. Irene had only one child, Constantine VI.

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1831 – Paolo Mantegazza, Italian neurologist, physiologist, and anthropologist (d. 1910)
Paolo Mantegazza (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːolo manteˈɡattsa]; 31 October 1831 – 28 August 1910) was an Italian neurologist, physiologist, and anthropologist, noted for his experimental investigation of coca leaves into its effects on the human psyche. He was also an author of fiction.

Mantegazza was born at Monza on 31 October 1831. After spending his student-days at the universities of Pisa and Milan, he gained his M.D. degree at Pavia in 1854. After travelling in Europe, India and the Americas, he practised as a doctor in the Argentine Republic and Paraguay. Returning to Italy in 1858 he was appointed surgeon at Milan Hospital, in Milan, and professor of general pathology at Pavia. In 1870 he was nominated professor of anthropology at the Istituto di Studi Superiori, Florence. Here he founded the first Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology in Italy, and later the Italian Anthropological Society. From 1865 until 1876 he was deputy for Monza in the Parliament of Italy, being elected subsequently to the Italian Senate. He became the object of fierce attacks because of the extent to which he practiced vivisection.

During a time when the popular and official science and culture in Italy were still influenced by the Roman Catholic Church, Mantegazza was a staunch liberal and defended the ideas of Darwinism in anthropology, his research having helped to establish it as the “natural history of man”. From 1868 to 1875 he maintained a correspondence with Charles Darwin, too. Mantegazza’s natural history, however, must be considered to be from a racial or social Darwinist perspective, evident in his “Morphological Tree of Human Races.” This tree maps three principles: a single European meta-narrative controls all of the world’s many cultures; human history is imagined as progressive, with the European human as the pinnacle of progress and development; lastly, a ranking of different races onto a hierarchical structure. If one envisions a tree, the Aryan race is the topmost branch, followed by Polynesians, Semites, Japanese, and moving downward to the bottom-most branch, the “Negritos.” Mantegazza also designed an “Aesthetic Tree of the Human Race” with similar results.

Paolo Mantegazza also believed that drugs and certain foods would change humankind in the future, and defended the experimental investigation and use of cocaine as one of these miracle drugs. When Mantegazza returned from South America, where he had witnessed the use of coca by the natives, he was able to chew a regular amount of coca leaves and then tested on himself in 1859. Afterwards, he wrote a paper titled Sulle Virtù Igieniche e Medicinali della Coca e sugli Alimenti Nervosi in Generale (“On the hygienic and medicinal properties of coca and on nervous nourishment in general”). He noted enthusiastically the powerful stimulating effect of cocaine in coca leaves on cognition:

“… I sneered at the poor mortals condemned to live in this valley of tears while I, carried on the wings of two leaves of coca, went flying through the spaces of 77,438 words, each more splendid than the one before…An hour later, I was sufficiently calm to write these words in a steady hand: God is unjust because he made man incapable of sustaining the effect of coca all life long. I would rather have a life span of ten years with coca than one of 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 centuries without coca.”

Mantegazza died at San Terenzo (La Spezia) on 28 August 1910. He was an atheist.[1]

Mantegazza’s published works also included Fisiologia del Dolore (Physiology of Pain, 1880); Fisiologia dell’Amore (Physiology of Love, 1896); Elementi d’igiene (Elements of Hygiene, 1875); Fisonomia e Mimica (Physiognomy and Mimics, 1883); Gli Amori degli Uomini (The Sexual Relations of Mankind, 1885); Fisiologia dell’odio, (Physiology of Hate, 1889); and Fisiologia della Donna (Physiology of Women, 1893). His advanced philosophical and social views were published in a 1,200-page volume in 1871, titled Quadri della Natura Umana. Feste ed Ebbrezze (“Pictures of Human Nature. Feasts and Inebriations”). Many consider this opus his masterpiece.

As a fiction writer, Mantegazza was very original. He wrote a romance on the marriage between people with disease, Un Giorno a Madera (1876), which made quite a sensation. Less well known is his science fiction and futuristic romance L’Anno 3000 (The Year 3000, written in 1897).


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Do Ghost Hunters Really Find Ghosts? — Colleen Collins Books

Tomorrow is Halloween. For the last month, several older hotels here in Colorado have been hosting ghost-hunting parties and spooky tours. Silly fun…or are these hotels truly haunted?Over the years we’ve had a few people call our agency, asking if we could investigate ghosts they believe

Source: Do Ghost Hunters Really Find Ghosts? — Colleen Collins Books