On This Day
537 – Siege of Rome: The Ostrogoth army under king Vitiges begins the siege of the capital. Belisarius conducts a delaying action outside the Flaminian Gate; he and a detachment of his bucellarii are almost cut off.
The First Siege of Rome during the Gothic War lasted for a year and nine days, from 2 March 537 to 12 March 538. The city was besieged by the Ostrogothic army under their king Vitiges; the defending East Romans were commanded by Belisarius, one of the most famous and successful Roman generals. The siege was the first major encounter between the forces of the two opponents, and played a decisive role in the subsequent development of the war.
Born On This Day
1545 – Thomas Bodley, English diplomat and scholar, founded the Bodleian Library (d. 1613)
Sir Thomas Bodley (2 March 1545 – 28 January 1613) was an English diplomat and scholar who founded the Bodleian Library in Oxford.
Thomas Bodley was born on 2 March 1545, in the second-to-last year of the reign of King Henry VIII, in the city of Exeter in Devon. He was one of the seven sons of John Bodley (d. 15 Oct. 1591) of Exeter, a Protestant merchant who chose foreign exile rather than staying in England under the Roman Catholic government of Queen Mary (r. 1553–1558). John’s father, also John Bodley, was a younger son of the gentry family of Bodley of Dunscombe, near Crediton in Devon. Thomas’s mother was Joan Hone, a daughter and co-heiress of Robert Hone of Ottery St Mary, Devon. Thomas’s younger brother was Sir Josias Bodley, knighted in Ireland by the Earl of Devon.
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James Louis Lipton (September 19, 1926 – March 2, 2020) was an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He was the executive producer, writer and host of the Bravo cable television series Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994. He retired from the show in 2018.
John Francis Welch Jr. (November 19, 1935 – March 1, 2020) was an American business executive, author, and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric (GE) between 1981 and 2001. In 2006, Welch’s net worth was estimated at $720 million. When he retired from GE he received a severance payment of $417 million, the largest such payment in business history.
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