FYI July 07, 2017

1456 – A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death.
The Retrial of Joan of Arc, also known as the “nullification trial” or “rehabilitation trial”, was a posthumous retrial of Joan of Arc authorized by Pope Callixtus III at the request of Inquisitor-General Jean Bréhal and Joan’s mother Isabelle Romée. The purpose of the retrial was to investigate whether the trial of condemnation and its verdict had been handled justly and according to ecclesiastical law. Investigations started in 1452, and a formal appeal followed in November 1455. The inquisitor’s final summary of the case in June 1456 described Joan as a martyr and implicated the late Pierre Cauchon with heresy for having convicted an innocent woman in pursuit of a secular vendetta. The court declared her innocent on 7 July 1456.

Following Joan of Arc’s death in 1431, Charles VII was said to have “felt a very bitter grief” when he heard the news, “promising to exact a terrible vengeance upon the English and women of England”.[1] However, for many years his government failed to make much headway on the battlefield, and the English held on to most of their conquests in northern France.[2]

Prior to 1449, a number of factors stood in the way of any possible review of Joan’s condemnation. Firstly, the English were still in possession of Paris. The University of Paris had provided assessors for the trial of condemnation at Rouen.[3] In May 1430, Paris had been held by the Anglo-Burgundian alliance, and the theologians and masters of the university had written to Duke Philip the Good of Burgundy asking that Joan be transferred to the English so she could be placed on trial.[4] Since the university had played an active part in the proceedings, they could only be brought to account once Paris was captured on 13 April 1436.[5]

Secondly, Rouen – the site of the trial – was also still held by the English. The documents relating to the original trial were kept in Rouen, and the town did not fall into Charles VII’s hands until November 1449.[6] Historian Régine Pernoud makes the point that “So long as the English were masters of Rouen, the mere fact that they held the papers in the case, a case which they had managed themselves, maintained their version of what the trial had been”.[6] She adds: “to reproach the King or the Church with having done nothing until that time is tantamount to reproaching the French government with having done nothing to bring the Oradour war criminals to justice before 1945”.[6]

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1831 – Jane Elizabeth Dexter Conklin, American poet and religious writer (d. ?)
Jane Elizabeth Dexter Conklin (née Jane Elizabeth Dexter; July 7, 1831 – ) was a 19th-century American poet and religious writer from New York. For three years, she served as president of the Woman’s Relief Corps of the Grand Army of the Republic. She enjoyed a reputation as an elocutionist; and was the author of three volumes of poetry.

Early years and education
Jane Elizabeth Dexter was born in Utica, New York, July 7, 1831. Her great-grandfather, Gregor Grant (or George Grant), chieftain of Clan Grant, from Abernethy, Scotland, came to the United States in 1774. He joined the Continental Army and served during the American Revolutionary War. Her mother was the daughter of William W. Williams, an architect of Albany, New York. Conklin’s uncle, Asahel Dexter, was a captain in the War of 1812. Conklin’s father was born in Paris, New York, his parents having removed to that town from Mansfield, Connecticut in the latter part of the 18th century. He was a cousin of John G. Saxe, the poet.[1]

Conklin received her education in the Utica Female Academy and in Mrs. Brinkerhof’s School for Young Ladies in Albany. Her first composition was written in verse. When she was 14 years old, her poems were first published, and after that time, she wrote continuously.[1]

While none of her poems were strictly hymns, many of them were sung in religious meetings. She was, for many years, a contributor to the Utica Gospel Messenger. She also wrote prose and poetry for a New York City weekly, and for several local papers. In 1884, she published a book of poems, which was favorably received. In 1897, she was preparing a second volume of poems,[1] ultimately publishing three books of poetry in total. Conklin was also remembered as an elocutionist.[2][3]

Personal life
In December, 1865, she married Cramer H. Conklin, a veteran of the American Civil War, and they subsequently lived in Binghamton, New York. Conklin took great interest in the American Civil War and in the defenders of the Republic. When the Grand Army of the Republic post to which her husband belonged formed a Relief Corps of wives and daughters, she was one of the first to sign a call for a charter. Shortly after the Corps was organized, she was elected its president, and for three years, she held that office.[1]




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Quotes July 07, 2017

RED Friday



As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks, “What happened?” The pilot’s reply: “I don’t know, I just got here myself!”
– Attributed to Lockheed test pilot Ray Crandell
“Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there.”
– Basic flight rules
“The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you.”
– Attributed to Northrop Aviation test pilot Max Stanley
“When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible.”
– Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII
“If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.”
“If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it’s probably a helicopter — and therefore, unsafe.”

“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

“Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you.”
“Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it.”
“Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death … I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.”
– At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base, Kadena, Japan
“You’ve never been lost until you’ve been lost at Mach 3.”
– Test pilot Paul F. Crickmore
“What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.”
“When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.”

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are: “Why is it doing that?” “Where are we?” and “Oh Shit!”
“Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.”
– From an old carrier sailor
“Never trade luck for skill.”
“Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day.”
“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.”
– Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.



Music July 07, 2017





Glassy water crash – Craig Medred

A botched landing on glassy water at Halibut Cove led to the crash of a Cessna 206, single-engine aircraft that came within yards of slamming into the “Danny J” ferry last July, according to National Transportation Safety Board documents released today.

The plane was being flown by adventurous Alaska Dispatch News publisher Alice Rogoff, whose description of the landing is included in the NTSB packet.

Glassy water crash – Craig Medred

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