FYI February 14, 2020

On This Day

1349 – Several hundred Jews are burned to death by mobs while the remaining Jews are forcibly removed from Strasbourg.
The Strasbourg massacre occurred on February 14, 1349, when several hundred Jews were publicly burnt to death, and the rest of them expelled from the city as part of the Black Death persecutions.[1] It was one of the first and worst pogroms in pre-modern history.

Starting in the spring of 1348, pogroms against Jews had occurred in European cities, starting in Toulon. By November of that year they spread via Savoy to German-speaking territories. In January 1349, burnings of Jews took place in Basel and Freiburg, and on 14 February the Jewish community in Strasbourg was destroyed.

This event was heavily linked to a revolt by the guilds five days previous, the consequences of which were the displacement of the master tradesmen, a reduction of the power of the patrician bourgeoisie, who had until then been ruling almost exclusively, and an increase in the power of the groups that were involved in the revolt. The aristocratic families of Zorn and Müllenheim, which had been displaced from the council and their offices in 1332, recovered most of their power, the guilds, which until then had no means of political participation, could occupy the most important position in the city, that of the Ammanmeister. The revolt had occurred because a large part of the population on the one hand believed the power of the master tradesmen was too great, particularly that of the then-Ammanmeister Peter Swarber, and on the other hand, there was a desire to put an end to the policy of protecting Jews under Peter Swarber.



Born On This Day

1838 – Margaret E. Knight, American inventor (d. 1914)
Margaret Eloise Knight (February 14, 1838 – October 12, 1914[1]) was an American inventor, notably of the flat-bottomed paper bag. She has been called “the most famous 19th-century woman inventor”.[2] She was working in a paper-bag factory when she devised a new way to put together the bags. She founded the Eastern Paper Bag Company in 1870, creating paper bags for groceries similar in form to the ones that would be used in later generations.




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Quotes February 14, 2020

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Dueteronomy 31:6
“I am a flawed person. A brook with many stones, a clear blue sky with many blackbirds. I have many shortcomings. A rainbow that’s not long enough, a starry night with clouds. But I can only be thankful to the God who loves me just this way, and I can only be grateful to the people in my life who accept the clear blue sky with many blackbirds and who are patient with the rainbow that isn’t long enough.”
C. JoyBell C.
Cradle to grave, there is one thing I have no one can ever take. No evil, no theft, no murder, no family, friend or loved one… no one can take God from me. He is the key to my happiness. The more people take from me, the more joy I have in God. What an incredible gift!

In every struggle, talk to Him like a friend. See how much He wants your joy. And how, though He does not orchestrate your pain, He will use what darkness brings and flood it with light. In doing so, He gives you ultimate freedom. How can you live in fear when you know there is nothing beyond the scope of what He can bring goodness to. It’s truly awe inspiring.
Taya Kyle

Music February 14, 2020




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FYI February 13, 2020

On This Day

962 – Emperor Otto I and Pope John XII co-sign the Diploma Ottonianum, recognizing John as ruler of Rome.
The Diploma Ottonianum (also called the Pactum Ottonianum, Privilegium Ottonianum or simply Ottonianum) was an agreement between Pope John XII and Otto I, King of Germany and Italy. It confirmed the earlier Donation of Pippin, granting control of the Papal States to the Popes, regularizing Papal elections, and clarifying the relationship between the Popes and the Holy Roman Emperors.



Born On This Day

1920 – Eileen Farrell, American soprano and educator (d. 2002)
Eileen Farrell (February 13, 1920 – March 23, 2002) was an American soprano who had a nearly 60-year-long career performing both classical and popular music in concerts, theatres, on radio and television, and on disc. NPR noted, “She possessed one of the largest and most radiant operatic voices of the 20th century.” [1] While she was active as an opera singer, her concert engagements far outnumbered her theatrical appearances. Her career was mainly based in the United States, although she did perform internationally. The Daily Telegraph stated that she “was one of the finest American sopranos of the 20th century; she had a voice of magnificent proportions which she used with both acumen and artistry in a wide variety of roles.” And described as having a voice “like some unparalleled phenomenon of nature. She is to singers what Niagara is to waterfalls.”[2]

Farrell began her career in 1940 as a member of the CBS Chorus on CBS Radio. In 1941 CBS Radio offered Farrell her own program, Eileen Farrell Sings, on which she performed both classical and popular music for 5 years.[2] In 1947 she launched her career as a concert soprano and nine years later began performing on the opera stage.[3] The pinnacle of her opera career was five seasons performing at the Metropolitan Opera from 1960–1966. She continued to perform and record both classical and popular music throughout her career, and is credited for releasing the first successful crossover album: I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues (1960).[4] After announcing her retirement from performance in 1986, she still continued to perform and record music periodically up into the late 1990s.[5][3] She was also active as a voice teacher, both privately and for nine years at Indiana University.[3]




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Quotes February 13, 2020

Make the most of today. Don’t allow the troubles of yesterday to steal the gift of right now.
Kristen Butler
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done.
I insist that the object of all true education is not to make men carpenters, it is to make carpenters men.
W.E.B. Du Bois,
sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, writer, editor
February is Black History Month
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.
The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.
Mikhail Baryshnikov,
dancer, choreographer, actor
I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
Harriet Tubman,
abolitionist, political activist, Underground Railroad conductor
February is Black History Month

Music February 13, 2020