FYI January 05, 2019

On This Day

 
 
1066 – Edward the Confessor dies childless, sparking a succession crisis that will eventually lead to the Norman conquest of England.
Edward the Confessor[a] (Old English: Ēadƿeard Andettere [æːɑdwæɑrˠd ɑndetere]; Latin: Eduardus Confessor [ɛ.dʊˈar.dʊs kɔ̃ˈfɛs.sɔr]; c. 1003 – 5 January 1066), also known as Saint Edward the Confessor, was among the last Anglo-Saxon kings of England. Usually considered the last king of the House of Wessex, he ruled from 1042 to 1066.

The son of Æthelred the Unready and Emma of Normandy, Edward succeeded Cnut the Great’s son – and his own half brother – Harthacnut, restoring the rule of the House of Wessex after the period of Danish rule since Cnut (better known as Canute) conquered England in 1016. When Edward died in 1066, he was succeeded by Harold Godwinson, who was defeated and killed in the same year by the Normans under William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings. Edgar the Ætheling, who was of the House of Wessex, was proclaimed king after the Battle of Hastings in 1066, but never ruled and was deposed after about eight weeks.

Historians disagree about Edward’s fairly long (24-year) reign. His nickname reflects the traditional image of him as unworldly and pious. Confessor reflects his reputation as a saint who did not suffer martyrdom, as opposed to King Edward the Martyr. Some portray Edward the Confessor’s reign as leading to the disintegration of royal power in England and the advance in power of the House of Godwin, due to the infighting that began after his heirless death. Biographers Frank Barlow and Peter Rex, on the other hand, portray Edward as a successful king, one who was energetic, resourceful and sometimes ruthless; they argue that the Norman conquest shortly after his death tarnished his image.[1][2] However, Richard Mortimer argues that the return of the Godwins from exile in 1052 “meant the effective end of his exercise of power”, citing Edward’s reduced activity as implying “a withdrawal from affairs”.[3]

About a century later, in 1161, Pope Alexander III canonised the late king. Saint Edward was one of England’s national saints until King Edward III adopted Saint George as the national patron saint in about 1350. Saint Edward’s feast day is 13 October, celebrated by both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

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Born On This Day

 
 
1855 – King Camp Gillette, American businessman, founded the Gillette Company (d. 1932)
King Camp Gillette (January 5, 1855 – July 9, 1932) was an American businessman.[1] He invented a best selling version of the safety razor.[1] Several models were in existence before Gillette’s design. Gillette’s innovation was the thin, inexpensive, disposable blade of stamped steel.[2] Gillette is widely credited with inventing the so-called razor and blades business model, where razors are sold cheaply to increase the market for blades,[3] but in fact he only adopted this model after his competitors did.[4]

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FYI

 
 

By Dave McNary: Richard Marks, ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Terms of Endearment’ Editor, Dies at 75
 
Richard Marks (November 10, 1943 – December 31, 2018) was an American film editor with more than 30 editing credits for feature and television films dating from 1972.[1] In an extended, notable collaboration (1983–2010), he edited all of director James L. Brooks’ feature films.[2]

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By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald: New law bars employers from asking applicants about their salary histories
 
 
 
 
By Stephanie Farr: ‘Pete the Groin Crusher’ has crushed 10,000 patients’ groins ‘without even a sweat’
 
 
 
 
By David Brennan: Astronaut Accidentally Calls 911 from Space
 
 
 
 
By Stan Linhorst: Hotel savior Ed Riley: Leadership is about listening, learning, and teaching
 
 
 
 
By Sarah Perez: Netflix walks away from App Store payments, costing Apple up to $256m/year
 
 
 
 
One bullet.
By Ellizabeth Yuko: Manson Family Associate Bobby Beausoleil Recommended for Parole Beausoleil, 71, is serving a life sentence for the 1969 murder of Gary Hinman, a crime that came just days before the Tate-LaBianca murders.
“He’s not the same person he was in 1969,” Campbell says. “He’s a much more thoughtful and gentle and compassionate person than he was as a 20-year-old kid who murdered someone.”

Debra Tate and the California Board of Parole Hearings did not respond to request for comment.
 
 
 
 
By Associated Press: Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon thousands convicted of marijuana possession “We should not be punishing people for something that is no longer illegal,” Gov. Inslee said. Washington is one of the states that legalized pot.
 
 
 
 
The Passive Voice: Ontario’s 49th Teachers Site Supports Canadian Books in Schools, Best of Frenemies and more ->
 
 
 
 
By William Hughes: Chance The Rapper hung out with Cookie Monster, and it was unsurprisingly cute
 
 
 
 
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By David Tracy: Man Puts 38-inch Off-Road Tires On a Russian Sedan Using Enormous Wheel Spacers, Rips Donuts
 
 
 
 
The Old Motor: Four Fun Friday Kodachrome Car Photographs Number 187
 
 
 
 
Open Culture Ayun Halliday: Watch the Painstaking and Nerve-Racking Process of Restoring a Drawing by Michelangelo
 
 
 
 

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