On This Day
1632 – The University of Tartu was founded.
The University of Tartu (UT; Estonian: Tartu Ülikool, Latin: Universitas Tartuensis) is a university in the city of Tartu in Estonia. It is the national university of Estonia, and the only classical university in the country, and also its biggest and most prestigious university. It was founded under the name of Academia Gustaviana in 1632 by Baron Johan Skytte, the Governor-General (1629–1634) of Swedish Livonia, Ingria, and Karelia, with the required ratification provided by his long-time friend and former student – from age 7 –, King Gustavus Adolphus, shortly before the king’s death on 6 November in the Battle of Lützen (1632), during the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648).
Nearly 14,000 students are at the university, of whom over 1,300 are foreign students. The language of instruction in most curricula is Estonian, some more notable exceptions are taught in English, such as semiotics, applied measurement science, computer science, information technology law, and European Union–Russia studies.
The historical buildings of the university are included in the European Heritage Label list as “embodiment of the ideas of a university in the Age of Enlightenment”. The university is a member of the Coimbra Group and the Utrecht Network.
1870 – The United States Department of Justice formally comes into existence.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ), also known as the Justice Department, is a federal executive department of the United States government tasked with the enforcement of federal law and administration of justice in the United States. It is equivalent to the justice or interior ministries of other countries. The modern incarnation of the department was formed in 1870 during the Ulysses S. Grant presidency. The department is composed of federal law enforcement agencies, including the U.S. Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The primary actions of the DOJ are investigating instances of white collar crime, representing the U.S. government in legal matters (such as in cases before the Supreme Court), and running the federal prison system. The department is also responsible for reviewing the conduct of local law enforcement as directed by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.
The department is headed by the U.S. Attorney General, who is nominated by the president and confirmed by the US Senate and is a member of the Cabinet. The current attorney general is Merrick Garland, who was sworn in March 11, 2021.
Born On This Day
1893 – Nellah Massey Bailey, American politician and librarian (d. 1956)
Nellah Izora Massey Bailey (née Massey; June 30, 1893 – March 31, 1956) was an American politician and librarian. She was the first lady of Mississippi from 1944 to 1946 and the Mississippi state tax collector from 1948 to 1956. A member of the Democratic Party, she was the first woman elected to statewide office in Mississippi.
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Bailey attended library school in Chautauqua, New York, and worked at the public library in Meridian, Mississippi, for thirty years. She married future governor Thomas L. Bailey in 1917. As the first lady of Mississippi, she chaired the Mississippi Joint Recruitment Campaign, a statewide canvass that encouraged women to serve in the United States Armed Forces during World War II.
In 1947, Bailey entered the race for Mississippi state tax collector. She won the Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election. She was re-elected in 1951 and 1955, but died three months into her third term after a series of heart attacks.
1311 – Liu Bowen, Chinese military strategist, statesman and poet (d. 1375)
Liu Ji (July 1, 1311 – May 16, 1375), courtesy name Bowen, better known as Liu Bowen, was a Chinese military strategist, philosopher, and politician who lived in the late Yuan and early Ming dynasties. He was born in Qingtian County (present-day Wencheng County, Wenzhou, Zhejiang). He served as a key advisor to Zhu Yuanzhang (the Hongwu Emperor), the founder of the Ming dynasty, in the latter’s struggle to overthrow the Yuan dynasty and unify China under his rule. Liu is also known for his prophecies and has been described as the “Divine Chinese Nostradamus”. He and Jiao Yu co-edited the military treatise known as the Huolongjing (Fire Dragon Manual).
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National Night Out is about a month away. Register today if you’d like to participate! We’d love to spend some time with you!
The deadline to register for an officer and more to participate at your event is Thursday, July 15th.
Please see below for more information on how.
Spent the past year at home because of COVID-19 and still don’t know your neighbors? Or did you get to know everyone because you were working at home all day? Either way it’s time to get together, COVID-19 precautions mindful, and join your neighbors for National Night Out (NNO)! Last year, COVID-19 caused the annual event to be cancelled. This year it’s back on the books for Tuesday, August 3rd and we’d love for you to host your own neighborhood event!
Don’t know what NNO is all about?
It was introduced by a citizen, who lived in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, in 1984 as an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. The first year the event took place, 400 communities in 23 states participated in NNO with 2.5 million Americans taking part. In 2016, 38 million residents in 16,000 communities across the United States came together. Neighborhoods hosted events such as cookouts, block parties, neighborhood walks and more here in Anchorage and in the Lower 48. Click here to learn more: https://natw.org/about/
We’re proud to have been part of those numbers (shoutout to the Mt. View community) and we want to do it again this year with you! If you are interested in hosting an event in your neighborhood such as a block party, cookouts, parades, community activities, etc., click this link to register: https://natw.org/registration/. We’d love to stop by for a visit and spend some time with you AND your neighbors!
Once you register and receive confirmation from NNO, email that information to Cherie Shirey with our Community Relations Unit. Her email address is email@example.com. She will coordinate an APD visit to your neighborhood.
If you are planning on hosting an event or if this is your first-time hosting and you need help/have questions, email George Martinez with the Alaska Humanities Forum. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are so incredibly fortunate to serve in a community who is so supportive of us. Thank you!
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Stump the Bookseller is a service offered by Loganberry Books to reconnect people to the books they love but can’t quite remember. In brief (for more detailed information see our About page), people can post their memories here, and the hivemind goes to work. After all, the collective mind of bibliophiles, readers, parents and librarians around the world is much better than just a few of us thinking. Together with these wonderful Stumper Magicians, we have a nearly 50% success rate in finding these long lost but treasured books. The more concrete the book description, the better the success rate, of course. It is a labor of love to keep it going, and there is a modest fee. Please see the How To page to find price information and details on how to submit your Book Stumper and payment.
Thanks to everyone involved to keep this forum going: our blogging team, the well-read Stumper Magicians, the many referrals, and of course to everyone who fondly remembers the wonder of books from their childhood and wants to share or revisit that wonder. Isn’t it amazing, the magic of a book?