On This Day
1912 – The eruption of Novarupta in Alaska begins. It is the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
Novarupta (meaning “newly erupted” in Latin) is a volcano that was formed in 1912, located on the Alaska Peninsula in Katmai National Park and Preserve, about 290 miles (470 km) southwest of Anchorage. Formed during the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, Novarupta released 30 times the volume of magma of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.
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Born On This Day
1236 – Wen Tianxiang, Chinese general and scholar (d. 1283)
Wen Tianxiang (Chinese: 文天祥; pinyin: Wén Tiānxiáng; June 6, 1236 – January 9, 1283 AD), Duke of Xinguo (信國公), was a Chinese poet and politician in the last years of the Southern Song Dynasty. For his resistance to Kublai Khan’s invasion of the Song Dynasty, and for his refusal to yield to the Yuan Dynasty despite being captured and tortured, he is a popular symbol of patriotism and righteousness in China. He is known as one of the ‘Three Loyal Princes of the Song’ (大宋三忠王), alongside Lu Xiufu and Zhang Shijie.
His continuing symbolic importance was evident in an event that took place in Wen Tianxiang’s historical shrine in Haifeng (Haifeng County) in 1908, where Chen Jiongming persuaded over thirty young men from the village to swear secret support for a national revolution.
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