1098 – First Crusade: Siege of Ma’arrat al-Numan: Crusaders breach the town’s walls and massacre about 20,000 inhabitants. After finding themselves with insufficient food, they reportedly resort to cannibalism.
The Siege of Maarat, or Ma’arra, occurred in late 1098 in the city of Ma’arrat al-Numan, in what is modern-day Syria, during the First Crusade. It is infamous for the claims of widespread cannibalism displayed by the Crusaders.
1806 – Stand Watie, American general (d. 1871)
Stand Watie (Cherokee: ᏕᎦᏔᎦ, translit. Degataga, lit. ‘Stand firm’) (December 12, 1806 – September 9, 1871) — also known as Standhope Uwatie, Tawkertawker, and Isaac S. Watie — was a leader of the Cherokee Nation, and the only Native American to attain a general’s rank in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He commanded the Confederate Indian cavalry of the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, made up mostly of Cherokee, Muskogee and Seminole, and was the final Confederate general in the field to cease hostilities at war’s end.
Prior to removal of the Cherokee to Indian Territory in the late 1830s, Watie and his older brother Elias Boudinot were among leaders who signed the Treaty of New Echota in 1835. The majority of the tribe opposed their action. In 1839 the brothers were attacked in an assassination attempt, as were other relatives active in the Treaty Party. All but Stand Watie were killed. Watie in 1842 killed one of his uncle’s attackers, and in 1845 his brother Thomas Watie was killed in retaliation, in the continuing cycle of violence. Watie was acquitted at trial in the 1850s on the grounds of self-defense.
During the Civil War and soon after, Watie served as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation (1862–1866). By the end of the war, the majority of the tribe supported the Confederacy. A minority supported the Union and refused to ratify his election. The former chief John Ross, a Union supporter, was captured in 1862 by Union forces. Watie led the Southern Cherokee delegation to Washington after the war to sue for peace, hoping to have tribal divisions recognized. The US government negotiated only with the leaders who had sided with the Union, and named John Ross as principal chief in 1866 under a new treaty. Watie stayed out of politics for his last years, and tried to rebuild his plantation.
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Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.
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Tuesday afternoon, Cyrano’s updated its Facebook page and said registered sex offenders will be prevented from working at Cyrano’s in any capacity.
“We know the community would prefer that we don’t have someone who is on the sexual offender registry in our shows, and that is absolutely fine,” Pond said. “We support all of those people those who have been victims, anybody who has found this to be difficult and upsetting, and that’s far more important to us.”
Seifert is in a production with Cryano’s that will run two more weeks. Pond said he will continue in those plays but they will be his final performances.
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They include: Lt. Col. Kevin R. Herrmann, 38, of New Bern, North Carolina; Maj. James M. Brophy, 36, of Staatsburg, New York; Staff Sgt. Maximo A. Flores, 27, of Surprise, Arizona; Cpl. Daniel E. Baker, 21, of Tremont, Illinois; and Cpl. William C. Ross, 21, of Hendersonville, Tennessee.
The Associated Press: Man Convicted of Killing Wife on Lake Erie Sentenced to Life
ERIE, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man convicted of fatally shooting his wife, tying her body to an anchor and tossing it into Lake Erie, then trying to cover up the crime by claiming she had apparently fallen overboard, was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
A judge Tuesday imposed the mandatory sentence on 49-year-old Christopher Leclair and added up to 17 years for charges including abuse of a corpse, evidence-tampering and false reports, the Erie Times-News reported.
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Here’s what Groberg said:
“You keep your cool. I would say keep your cool and trust the men and women around you. Let them do their job. Especially as an officer. I think that’s the hard part of being an officer. Like you know what? [As] an infantry officer, do you know what your job is? Radio. It’s not picking up your rifle and you know sending rounds downrange. It’s about orchestrating and coordinating the entire firefight.
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All rules for study are summed up in this one: Learn only in order to create.
If you doubt your power, you give power to your doubts.
Diane von Furstenberg
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Winnie the Pooh
Do as you please,
Be true to yourself,
And only then can you be attractive the type of partner you most desire.
We build too many walls and not enough bridges.
Like wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people thought you never would.
May my heart be kind, my mind fierce and my spirit brave.
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
Do as you please,
Be true to yourself,
And only then can you be attractive the type of partner you most desire.
Life is a one time offer, use it well.
1934 – Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, takes his last drink and enters treatment for the final time.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international mutual aid fellowship whose stated purpose is to enable its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” It was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Bob Smith in Akron, Ohio. With other early members, Bill Wilson and Bob Smith developed AA’s Twelve Step program of spiritual and character development. AA’s initial Twelve Traditions were introduced in 1946 to help the fellowship be stable and unified while disengaged from “outside issues” and influences.
The Traditions recommend that members remain anonymous in public media, altruistically help other alcoholics, and that AA groups avoid official affiliations with other organizations. They also advise against dogma and coercive hierarchies. Subsequent fellowships such as Narcotics Anonymous have adopted and adapted the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions to their respective primary purposes.
The first female member, Florence Rankin, joined AA in March 1937, and the first non-Protestant member, a Roman Catholic, joined in 1939. The first Black AA group was established in 1945 in Washington DC by Jim S., an African-American physician from Virginia. AA membership has since spread internationally “across diverse cultures holding different beliefs and values”, including geopolitical areas resistant to grassroots movements. Close to 2 million people worldwide are members of AA as of 2016.
AA’s name is derived from its first book, informally called “The Big Book”, originally titled Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered From Alcoholism.
1863 – Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer and academic (d. 1941)
Annie Jump Cannon (/ˈkænən/; December 11, 1863 – April 13, 1941) was an American astronomer whose cataloging work was instrumental in the development of contemporary stellar classification. With Edward C. Pickering, she is credited with the creation of the Harvard Classification Scheme, which was the first serious attempt to organize and classify stars based on their temperatures and spectral types. She was nearly deaf throughout her career. She was a suffragist and a member of the National Women’s Party.
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Troopers said alcohol was involved in this crime. Sallison was arrested and no bail was set for his release.
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One bullet for Christopher Sadowski.
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“Ranch” usually has a negative connotation in reference to healthy children.
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Tomorrow is the most important thing. … It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.
Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.
You’ll turn out ordinary if you’re not careful.
Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act.
Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people.
A healthy relationship will inspire you to be more of who are you, not require you to give up who you are.
If you never allow your child to experience failure and disappointment, they will not be equipped to handle adulthood.
Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.