FYI April 19, 2019

On This Day

1839 – The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and guarantees its neutrality.
The Treaty of London of 1839, also called the First Treaty of London, the Convention of 1839, the Treaty of Separation, the Quintuple Treaty of 1839, or the Treaty of the XXIV articles, was a treaty signed on 19 April 1839 between the Concert of Europe, the United Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Kingdom of Belgium. It was a direct follow-up to the 1831 Treaty of the XVIII Articles which the Netherlands had refused to sign, and the result of negotiations at the London Conference of 1838–1839.[1]

Under the treaty, the European powers recognized and guaranteed the independence and neutrality of Belgium and established the full independence of the German-speaking part of Luxembourg. Article VII required Belgium to remain perpetually neutral, and by implication committed the signatory powers to guard that neutrality in the event of invasion.[2]



Born On This Day

1894 – Elizabeth Dilling, American author and activist (d. 1966)
Elizabeth Eloise Kirkpatrick Dilling (April 19, 1894 – May 26, 1966) was an American writer and political activist.[2] In 1934, she published The Red Network—A Who’s Who and Handbook of Radicalism for Patriots, which catalogs over 1,300 suspected communists and their sympathizers. Her books and lecture tours established her as the pre-eminent female right-wing activist of the 1930s, and one of the most outspoken critics of the New Deal.[3][4]

Dilling was the best-known leader of the World War II women’s isolationist movement, a grass-roots campaign that pressured Congress to refrain from helping the Allies.[5][6] She was among 28 anti-war campaigners charged with sedition in 1942; the charges were dropped in 1946. While academic studies have customarily ignored both the anti-war “Mothers’ movement” and right-wing activist women in general, Dilling’s writings secured her a lasting influence among right-wing groups.[7][8][9]




By Meghan Bartels: Jerrie Cobb, Record-Breaking Pilot and Advocate for Female Spaceflight, Has Died
Cobb, who was born in 1931, became a pilot when she was 16. She purchased her first plane with money earned as a semiprofessional softball player for the Oklahoma City Queens, according to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. She set three separate world aviation records and was the first woman to fly at the prestigious Paris Air Show.

Geraldyn M. Cobb (March 5, 1931 – March 18, 2019) was an American aviator. She was also part of the “Mercury 13,” a group of women selected to undergo physiological screening tests at the same time as the original Mercury Seven astronauts, as part of a private, non-NASA program.

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