FYI April 26, 2018


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On This Day

1805 – First Barbary War: United States Marines captured Derne under the command of First Lieutenant Presley O’Bannon.

The First Barbary War (1801–1805), also known as the Tripolitanian War and the Barbary Coast War, was the first of two Barbary Wars, in which the United States and Sweden fought against the four North African states known collectively as the “Barbary States”. Three of these were nominal provinces of the Ottoman Empire, but in practice autonomous: Tripoli, Algiers, and Tunis. The fourth was the independent Sultanate of Morocco.[4]

The cause of the U.S. participation was pirates from the Barbary States seizing American merchant ships and holding the crews for ransom, demanding the U.S. pay tribute to the Barbary rulers. United States President Thomas Jefferson refused to pay this tribute. Sweden had been at war with the Tripolitans since 1800.[5]



Born On This Day

1900 – Eva Aschoff, German bookbinder and calligrapher (d. 1969) [1]

Eva Aschoff (26 April 1900 – 20 September 1969[1]) was a German visual artist known for her bookbinding and calligraphy.

Aschoff was born in Göttingen on 26 April 1900.[1] From 1921 to 1923 she attended the Kunstakademie in Stuttgart[2] where she studied calligraphy with Friedrich Hermann Ernst Schneidler (de) and bookbinding with Wilhelm Schlemmer. She then lived in Freiburg where she had her own bookbinding workshop from 1928 to 1964. She worked as a freelance artist thereafter and died in Freiburg on 20 September 1969.

Aschoff is known for her decorated papers.[3] Her works are included in the Klingspor Museum in Offenbach[4] and the Olga Hirsch Collection of Decorated Papers.[5]



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