1566 – Two hundred Dutch noblemen, led by Hendrick van Brederode, force themselves into the presence of Margaret of Parma and present the Petition of Compromise, denouncing the Spanish Inquisition in the Seventeen Provinces.
The Compromise of Nobles (Dutch: Eedverbond der Edelen; French: Compromis des Nobles) was a covenant of members of the lesser nobility in the Habsburg Netherlands who came together to submit a petition to the Regent Margaret of Parma on 5 April 1566, with the objective of obtaining a moderation of the placards against heresy in the Netherlands. This petition played a crucial role in the events leading up to the Dutch Revolt and the Eighty Years’ War.
1656 – Nikita Demidov, Russian industrialist (d. 1725)
Nikita Demidov (full name Nikita Demidovich Antufiev; 5 April 1656 – 28 November 1725) was a Russian industrialist who founded the Demidov industrial dynasty.
Peter I of Russia charged the enterprising blacksmith Nikita with casting cannon for his many military expeditions and he was ennobled with name Demidov for having strongly supported the tsar’s activities. In 1699 he set up Nevyansk’s first iron foundry and in 1725 discovered mines at Kolivan (Kolyban), whose exploitation enriched him. A museum is devoted to him in Tula.
The founder of the Demidov family, he was born at Tula, the son of Demid Antufiev (1624–1664), a free blacksmith from Tula. Nikita began as a blacksmith himself and was put in charge of producing muskets and halberds (of which he was the main supplier) for the Russian Army by Tsar Peter the Great. Conceded many privileges, Nikitia built one of Russia’s first metallurgical factories at Tula between 1694 and 1696. This produced the first Russian iron to rival English- and Swedish-produced iron for quality.
In 1699, Nikita built a new factory at Yekaterinburg. He then opened Siberia’s first iron mine at Kolyban. In 1702 the Tsar granted him permission to change his name to Demidov and put a new foundry in the Urals under his command – it became Russia’s first true armaments factory. Between 1716 and 1725 Nikita built four new metallurgical factories in the Urals. During Russia’s Great Northern War against Sweden (1700–1721), the Demidov factories became the main supplier to the Russian army, supplying cannons, pistols, swords and other munitions, producing them twice as fast and twice as cheaply as the competition and thus making a decisive contribution to the Russian victory. On 21 September he was ennobled by Tsar Peter the Great in reward for his services.
He died in his home town of Tula.
Nikita Demidov had three definitely-attested children (and a possible fourth):
Akinfiy Nikitich Demidov (1678–1745)
Grigory Nikitich Demidov (died 1728)
Nikita Nikitich Demidov (died 1758)
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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – Legendary New Orleans Saints place kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a battle with COVID-19. He was 73.
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I learned a long time ago that there is something worse than missing the goal, and that’s not pulling the trigger.
professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist
Courage has nothing to do with our determination to be great. It has to do with what we decide in that moment when we are called upon to be more.
poet, writer, Pulitzer Prize winner, US poet laureate
Winning it once can be a fluke; winning it twice proves you are the best.
professional tennis player, first African American to win a Grand Slam title
I can say what most conductors can’t say — I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.
abolitionist, political activist, Underground Railroad conductor
Courage is the commitment to begin without any guarantee of success.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
poet, playwright, writer, scientist, statesman, theater director, philosopher
If you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
singer, entertainer, actress
Challenge yourself; it’s the only path which leads to growth.
Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson),
writer, mathematician, clergyman
If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you’ll be able to see in the dark after a while. You’ll adjust.
If you’re really looking for something in particular, it helps to take your time.
musician, singer-songwriter, producer
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
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.
dancer, choreographer, actor
Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi,
patron saint of Italy, animals, ecology
It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.
Seneca the Elder,
1949 – Cold War: Twelve nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO /ˈneɪtoʊ/; French: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique nord, OTAN), also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. NATO constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s Headquarters are located in Evere, Brussels, Belgium, while the headquarters of Allied Command Operations is near Mons, Belgium.
Since its founding, the admission of new member states has increased the alliance from the original 12 countries to 30. The most recent member state to be added to NATO was North Macedonia on 27 March 2020. NATO currently recognizes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, and Ukraine as aspiring members. An additional 20 countries participate in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, with 15 other countries involved in institutionalized dialogue programs. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total. Members agreed that their aim is to reach or maintain the target defense spending of at least 2% of GDP by 2024.
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“Endure, and keep yourselves for days of happiness.”
Virgil, The Aeneid
“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, the Sea
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”
Robert Louis Stevenson, Familiar Studies of Men and Books
“We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle, nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools, and we will finish the job.”
Winston Churchill, Broadcast to the United States, 1941
“I don’t know who I am or who I was. I know it less than ever. I do and I don’t identify myself with myself. Everything is totally contradictory, but maybe I have remained exactly as I was as a small boy of twelve.”
Alberto Giacometti, Giacometti: A Biography by James Lord