On This Day
1279 – A Mongol victory at the Battle of Yamen ends the Song dynasty in China.
The naval Battle of Yamen (Chinese: 崖门海战) (also known as the Naval Battle of Mount Ya; Chinese: 崖山海战) took place on 19 March 1279 and is considered to be the last stand of the Song dynasty against the invading Mongol Yuan dynasty. Although outnumbered 10:1, the Yuan navy delivered a crushing tactical and strategic victory, destroying the Song.
Today, the battle site is located at Yamen, in Xinhui County, Jiangmen, Guangdong, China.
Born On This Day
1844 – Minna Canth, Finnish journalist, playwright, and activist (d. 1897)
Minna Canth (IPA [minna ka:nt], born Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnson, 19 March 1844 – 12 May 1897) was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper’s shop and living as a widow raising seven children. Her work addresses issues of women’s rights, particularly in the context of a prevailing culture she considered antithetical to permitting expression and realization of women’s aspirations. The Worker’s Wife and The Pastor’s Family are her best known plays, but the play Anna Liisa is the most adapted to the films and operas. In her time, she became a controversial figure, due to the asynchrony between her ideas and those of her time, and in part due to her strong advocacy for her point of view.
Minna Canth was the first major Finnish-language playwright and prose writer after Aleksis Kivi, the national author of Finland, and the first Finnish-language newspaper woman. She was also the first woman to receive her own flag day in Finland, starting on 19 March 2007. It is also the day of social equality in Finland.
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It’s that time of year, isn’t it? The ides-ish of March. The light is back, the days are warming, break-up and green-up feel like they are just around the corner. Maybe you’ve already ordered seeds for your garden, or you’re scheming about how to stand up a greenhouse for this year’s gardening adventure. Maybe you’re counting down the days to foraging or fishing season as you use up the last of what’s in your pantry or freezer. Food events are cropping up in great number—still mostly virtual, so you can attend from anywhere. Keep an eye on our events page to find some, or if you’re hosting one, please submit your event to our calendar. It’s free!
Speaking of stirring events, we’re so pleased to be collaborating once again with the Anchorage Museum on another Urban Harvest event, Foraging from the Forest, based on the Spring issue of the magazine. This time, writer and ethnobotanist Mary Goddard will be sharing her expertise and recipes for spring greens including the wild horsetail tea she stirred up in Spring. This online event is Tuesday, April 6, and you can register on the museum’s website.
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