On This Day
1342 – The Siege of Algeciras commences during the Spanish Reconquista.
The siege of Algeciras (1342–1344) was undertaken during the Reconquest of Spain by the Castillian forces of Alfonso XI assisted by the fleets of the Kingdom of Aragon and the Republic of Genoa. The objective was to capture the Muslim city of Al-Jazeera Al-Khadra, called Algeciras by Christians. The city was the capital and the main port of the European territory of the Marinid Empire.
The siege lasted for twenty one months. The population of the city, about 30,000 people including civilians and Berber soldiers, suffered from a land and sea blockade that prevented the entry of food into the city. The Emirate of Granada sent an army to relieve the city, but it was defeated beside the Río Palmones. Following this, on 26 March 1344 the city surrendered and was incorporated into the Crown of Castile. This was one of the first military engagements in Europe where gunpowder was used.
Born On This Day
1918 – Sidney Gottlieb, American chemist and theorist (d. 1999)
Sidney Gottlieb (August 3, 1918 – March 7, 1999) was an American chemist and spymaster who headed the Central Intelligence Agency’s 1950s and 1960s assassination attempts and mind-control program, known as Project MKUltra.
Early years and education
Gottlieb, the son of Hungarian Jewish immigrant parents, was born in the Bronx in 1918. He attended the City College of New York and Arkansas Tech University before receiving his undergraduate degree in chemistry magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1940. He subsequently received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. A stutterer since childhood, Gottlieb earned a master’s degree in speech therapy from San Jose State University after retiring from the CIA. He had a club foot, which kept him out of service in World War II but did not prevent his pursuit of folk dancing, a lifelong passion.
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August 05, 2021, 6pm: Alaska Women Speak Celebration
The Writer’s Block Bookstore & Cafe
3956 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99517
Celebrate the essays, poetry, photos, and art in this engaging anthology, a legacy of 25 years of the Alaska Women Speak journal. Join contributors and editors for an evening of readings, discussion, and refreshments.
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