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FYI December 11, 2017

1602 – A surprise attack by forces under the command of Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy, and his brother-in-law, Philip III of Spain, is repelled by the citizens of Geneva. (Commemorated annually by the Fête de l’Escalade.) L’Escalade, or Fête de l’Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), is an annual festival …

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FYI December 10, 2017

1665 – The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps is founded by Michiel de Ruyter The Korps Mariniers is the marine corps and amphibious infantry component of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The marines are trained to operate anywhere in the world in all environments, under any condition and circumstance, as a rapid reaction force. The Korps Mariniers …

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FYI December 09, 2017

1948 – The Genocide Convention is adopted. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948 as General Assembly Resolution 260. The Convention entered into force on 12 January 1951.[1] It defines genocide in legal terms, and is the culmination …

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FYI December 08, 2017

1854 – In his Apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogmatic definition of Immaculate Conception, which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived free of Original Sin. Ineffabilis Deus (Latin for “Ineffable God”) is an Apostolic constitution by Pope Pius IX.[1] It defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the …

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FYI December 07, 2017

1703 – The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, makes landfall. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people die. The Great Storm of 1703 was a destructive extratropical cyclone that struck central and southern England on 26 November 1703 (7 December 1703 in …

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FYI December 06, 2017

1928 – The government of Colombia sends military forces to suppress a month-long strike by United Fruit Company workers, resulting in an unknown number of deaths. The United Fruit Company was an American corporation that traded in tropical fruit (primarily bananas), grown on Central and South American plantations, and sold in the United States and …

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FYI December 05, 2017

63 BC – Cicero gives the fourth and final of the Catiline Orations. The Catiline or Catilinarian Orations is a set of speeches to the Roman Senate given in 63 BC by Marcus Tullius Cicero, one of the year’s consuls, accusing Lucius Sergius Catilina (Catiline) of leading a plot to overthrow the Roman government. Some …

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FYI December 04, 2017

1991 – Pan American World Airways ceases its operations after 64 years. Pan American World Airways, known from its founding until 1950 as Pan American Airways[1] and commonly known as Pan Am, was the principal and largest international air carrier in the United States from 1927 until its collapse on December 4, 1991. Founded in …

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FYI December 03, 2017

1898 – The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club defeated an all-star collection of early football players 16-0, in what is considered to be the very first all-star game for professional American football. The Duquesne Country and Athletic Club was a professional football team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1895 until 1900. The team was considered …

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FYI December 02, 2017

1845 – Manifest destiny: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President James K. Polk proposes that the United States should aggressively expand into the West. In the 19th century, manifest destiny was a widely held belief in the United States that its settlers were destined to expand across North America. There are three …

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