FYI June 27, 2020

On This Day

1358 – The Republic of Ragusa is founded.
The Republic of Ragusa (Croatian: Dubrovačka Republika) was an aristocratic maritime republic centered on the city of Dubrovnik (Ragusa in Italian, German and Latin) in Dalmatia (today in southernmost Croatia) that carried that name from 1358 until 1808. It reached its commercial peak in the 15th and the 16th centuries, before being conquered by Napoleon’s French Empire and formally annexed by the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy in 1808. It had a population of about 30,000 people, of whom 5,000 lived within the city walls.[2] Its Latin motto was “Non bene pro toto libertas venditur auro”, which means “Liberty is not sold for all the gold in the world”.[3]



Born On This Day

1869 – Kate Carew, American illustrator and journalist (d. 1961)
Mary Williams (June 27, 1869 – February 11, 1961), who wrote pseudonymously as Kate Carew, was an American caricaturist self-styled as “The Only Woman Caricaturist”. She worked at the New York World, providing illustrated celebrity interviews.




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