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Placez-vous sur les chemins, regardez, Et demandez quels sont les anciens sentiers, Quelle est la bonne voie; marchez-y, Et vous trouverez le repos de vos âmes !

A total solar eclipse will occur on August 2, 2027. The path of the eclipse will pass over all the countries of north Africa and the middle east. It will not be seen as a full eclipse in the Holy Land, but will be viewable in Mecca. Some have seen this day as the day of the Great Earthquake that splits the Mount of Olives.

... the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills, and peoples will stream to it ....

... {but} for now you must leave the city to camp in the open field.
You will go to Babylon;
{but} there you will be rescued.
There the Lord will redeem you out of the hand of your enemies ....

see Micah 4:1-5:1

Micah also rebuked his government, because of its dishonesty in the marketplace and corruption in its officials. While he prophesied destruction, Micah also told them what the LORD required of them:

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the LORD require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God? — Micah 6:8

Micah'is prophetic service began around the year 778 B.C. and continued for almost 50 years under the kings of Judah: Jotham, Ahaz, and Righteous Hezekiah (721-691 B.C. - August 28th). He is commemorated with the other minor prophets in the Calendar of Saints (Armenian Apostolic Church) on July 31st. In the Eastern Orthodox Church he is commemorated twice in the year. The first feast day is January 5 (for those churches which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, January 5th currently falls on January 18th of the modern Gregorian Calendar). Because January 5th is also the Eve of the Epiphany, his major celebration is on August 14th (which is also the forefeast of the Dormition (the death of Mary-her falling asleep in the Lord).

Placez-vous sur les chemins, regardez, Et demandez quels sont les anciens sentiers, Quelle est la bonne voie; marchez-y, Et vous trouverez le repos de vos âmes !

July 26, 2016: Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray is a commune in the Seine-Maritime department in the Normandy region in northern France (située dans le département de la Seine-Maritime et la région Normandie). A hamlet called Sancti Stephani and dependent on the Abbey of Saint-Wandrille was reported in the ninth century in a royal charter. The village then developed along the road connecting Paris to Rouen (4 miles south of Rouen's city centre). During the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the parish had five hundred inhabitants. This small village has several churches, the sixteenth-century church of St Étienne (Stephen), a church of St Thérèse and the twentieth-century church of Notre-Dame. The priest of the Parish of Saint-Étienne was Father Jacques Hamel who was ordained in 1958 and had been the parish's priest for 20 years. He was murdered during the Mass. One of the parishioners was also wounded in the attack and the French interior ministry said the number of injured could rise, with a second parishioner "fighting for life" with a throat wound. L'État islamique revendique l'attaque le jour-même.…/Normandy-attack-hostages-taken-a…

Stephen is the patron saint of deacons, headaches, horses, coffin makers and masons. He is often represented carrying a pile of rocks or with rocks on his head. St Stephen's Feast Day is 26th December He is named in the Christmas carol "Good King Wenceslas." Stephen's name means "crown," and he was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.

Acts 7:58 And they stoned Stephen, invoking, and saying: "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit."

Acts 7:59 And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: "Lord, lay not this sin to their charge." And when he had said this, he fell asleep in the Lord....

July 27, 82AD: It is reported that Joseph of Arimathea died and was buried in the tomb he once lent to Jesus, or so the story goes. Because Jerusalem by then was destroyed as had been predicted, and the Jewish people already were exiled from their homeland by the Romans, it is a remote possibility that this report (and date) is correct as stated.

Others say that Joseph died at Glastonbury, Somersetshire, England on that date. An English Tradition recounts Jesus' visit to Somersetshire as a lad and also states that Joseph of Arimathea built a church here. The last British Roman Emperor, Arthur, and his Empress, Guinevere, lived and died here, at what was already an ancient place of pagan worship. Somersetshire was home to saints, including Patrick of Irish fame, Dunstan, Benedict, David and Bridget. We need not believe that the Glastonbury legends are records of facts; but the existence of those legends has had an important unifying effect on English history.

But then again, you only need to remember the greatest of truths, the tomb was empty on that first Resurrection Sunday. See

"Wherever a saint has dwelt, wherever a martyr has given his blood for the blood of Christ, There is holy ground, and the sanctity shall not depart from it Though armies trample over it, though sightseers come with guide-books looking over it; From where the western seas gnaw at the coast of Iona, To the death in the desert, the prayer in forgotten places by {next to} the broken imperial column, From this ground springs that which forever renews the earth ...." T.S. Eliot (

Some have said that Glastonbury was one of the places on this earth where the boundaries between history and myth, as well as tradition and legend remain unmarked. Indeed, a pilgrim today might easily be overwhelmed by the way the town has been taken over by the hucksters of a new age -- sometimes thinly veiled, and sometimes an open revival of ancient spiritism that dominated this land before Roman times. Never-the-less, a principal reason for the importance of Glastonbury, as an English Christian center, devolves from its heritage an ancient religious center.

July 27, 1784: Just seven years after the first French daily was published in Paris, Courier De L’Amerique became the first French-language newspaper to be published in the United States. The paper, printed in Philadelphia (PA) served all the many citizens in that fair city of brotherly love who spoke French. It ceased operation on October 26 of that year (or at least the library has no copy of it beyond that date in 1784). L'Imprimerie de Charles Cist, & se distribue chez Boinod & Gaillard, editeurs Danie Boinod and ...???... Gaillard. It had another brief run from le 04 Decembre 1792 - le 22 Fevrier 1793 (again, the source of these dates is from the library copies that remain). One wonders if perhaps another French paper could have been printed in Charlestowne (SC) at about this time ?

July 28, 1609: Admiral George Somers shipwrecks in Bermuda. His ship was on a voyage to Virginia, the British colony founded a few years earlier -- named in tribute to the late Queen, Elizabeth. He and other survivors were presumed dead for nearly a year, but finally improvised a vessel and reached their original destination. William Strachey, secretary of the colony at Jamestowne, Virginia, later sent a letter to England that described the event. His letter is thought by many to have been an inspiration for Shakespeare’s "Tempest."

Somers almost immediately returns to Bermuda, but passes away at Virgineola - a smaller version of the Virginia settlement established on the island. For leadership, courage at sea and other skills Admiral Sir George Somers showed, the islands became the Somers Isles, which is still Bermuda's official alternate name.

The Battle of the Summer Islands (named for Bermuda's alternate name, the Somers or Summer Islands), was a mock-heroic poem penned by the renowned English poet Edmund Waller. It was published in the first edition of his Poems in 1645.   So was the huntsman by the bear oppressed, whose hide he sold before he caught the beast .... It is the line from which we get the economic term Bear Market.

In Pgh for July 4th weekend (2010) Waller did more than write. He sat for Ilchester (Somerset) in the final Parliament under James I, for Chipping Wycombe (Buckinghamshire, which town has had a continuous representative for nearly 710 years) in the first Parliament of Charles I, for Amersham (Chiltern district in Buckinghamshire) in the third Parliament of Charles I and the Short Parliament and for St. Ives (Cambridgeshire -- Kits, Cats, Sacks and Wives; how many to St. Ives) in the Long Parliament. No Parliament was summoned from 1629 to 1640. Waller became a prominent and famous speaker in the House of Commons: at the troubles first outbreak, he took the side of the popular leaders, and took part in the opposition to ship-money. But, by 1642, he was gradually drawn closer to the party of the via media; and his parliamentary career ended, for the time, in 1643, with the discovery of his complicity in a royalist conspiracy, which became known as Waller’s plot.

Banished from England, after being committed briefly to the Tower of London for treason in July, 1643, Waller left for France. He resided in Rouen until his sentence was revoked by Oliver Cromwell in November, 1651. Indeed, the Islands have another fascinating connection with France. The first confirmed visit to Bermuda by a Frenchman was by Captain Russel or Roussel, shipwrecked here sometime between 1560 and 1570. Because of this close encounter and other shipwrecks, the French would call them Isle of Devils

July 28, 1935: Today the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took wing for the first time (Model 299). Boeing did not get a primary Federal contract (for 200 bombers) because the prototype crashed; however, the US Army Air Corps (later "Air Forces") still was captivated with Boeing's design, so that they ordered thirteen (13) B-17s. The B-17 Flying Fortress overtime evolved through numerous design advances. Barely 20 years after air warfare was introduced over the fields of France, the US would have one of its primary workhorses for World War II. Its primary job became precision daylight bombing in Europe and the plane played a somewhat lesser role in the Pacific.

In somewhat unrelated news, the Battle of Ezra Church, also known as the Battle of Ezra Chapel or the Battle of the Poor House was fought on July 28, 1864, in Fulton County, Georgia. The battle was part of the Atlanta Campaign. Unfortunately for General Hood, he did not surprise the defenders under General Howard, who had predicted such a manœuver. Like so many other examples of officers who faced each other in battle, both men had attended West Point at the same time. So, the northern troops simply awaited Hood's offensive, in trenches behind a hastily built bulwark of logs and rails. The Confederate army attacked, but fell back before the Union's improvised breastwork. The southern forces defeated this day, still managed to keep Howard from reaching the railroad line. In all, about 3,562 men became casualties; 3,000 on the Confederate side and 562 on the Union side. Wikipedia has an English Language entry for this battle, if you want to know more.
July 29, 1786: - The first newspaper west of the Alleghenies was published. The newspaper was founded in 1786 when John Scull and Joseph Hall brought a printing press from Philadelphia and set it up in a small shop in the village which was growing up around Fort Pitt {Pittsburgh}. Originally called The Pittsburgh Gazette, it still is being published, but is now titled The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, having acquired the Pittsburgh Press, the Pittsburgh Post and one guesses a few more along the way.

July 29, 1740: From Ebenezer, an early settlement in the Georgia Colony, John Martin Boltzius recorded in his journal the different types of peaches grown in colonial Georgia:

This year God has very richly blessed our two gardens by the old torn-down cottages with peaches of all kinds, with which we can give joy and refreshment to many adults and children . . . . We did not notice in Germany whether the types of peaches were also as varied as they are here in our gardens. I believe we have over ten different kinds, all of which have a very pleasant, wholesome, and refreshing taste, but different in each fruit. Some kinds come loose from the pit and have various colors, others grow tight around the pit and are either all yellow or yellow and red, or all dark red. Some taste quite sweet, others tangy, others have a wine-like taste and pleasant sharpness, others seem to us to taste like the big plums in Germany and have externally a round, pretty appearance like apples. God be praised for this benefaction! Who could have imagined anything like it a few years ago when we were still in Old Ebenezer! We often compare the old and the present times.

Source: George Fenwick Jones and Don Savelle (ed. and trans.), Detailed Reports on the Salzburger Emigrants Who Settled in America, . . . Edited by Samuel Urlsperger (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1983), Vol. VII, pp. 190-191.

Le 29 juillet 1805: Alexis de Tocqueville est né à Paris.

« Les nations de nos jours ne sauraient faire que dans leur sein les conditions ne soient pas égales; mais il dépend d'elles que l'égalité les conduise à la servitude ou à la liberté, aux lumières ou à la barbarie, à la prospérité ou aux misères. »

The characteristics of the American journalist consist in an open and coarse appeal to the passions of his readers; he abandons principles to assail the characters of individuals, to track them into private life and disclose all their weaknesses and vices.

The personal opinions of the editors have no weight in the eyes of the public. What they seek in a newspaper is a knowledge of facts, and it is only by altering or distorting those facts that a journalist can contribute to the support of his own views.

The pursuit of wealth generally diverts men of great talents and strong passions from the pursuit of power; and it frequently happens that a man does not undertake to direct the fortunes of the State until he has shown himself incompetent to conduct his own. Quotes from Alexis deTocqueville -- More HERE

Many persons in France think that the violence of the press originates in the instability of the social state, in our political passions and the general feeling of uneasiness that consequently prevails; and it is therefore supposed that as soon as society has resumed a certain degree of composure, the press will abandon its present vehemence. For my own part, I would willingly attribute to these causes the extraordinary ascendancy which the press has acquired over the nation; but I do not think that they exercise much influence on its language. The periodical press appears to me to have passions and instincts of its own, independent of the circumstances in which it is placed; and the present condition of America corroborates this opinion. America is perhaps, at this moment, the country of the whole world that contains the fewest germs of revolution; but the press is not less destructive in its principles there than in France, and it displays the same violence without the same reasons for indignation

Another revolution in France -- Révolution des Trois Glorieuses -- Le 27-28-29 juillet 1830: An inept ruler, King Charles X (1757-1836) inspired resentment in the French middle class and its press, especially against ultra-royalist advisers; when he directed his reactionary favorite Jules de Polignac (1780-1847) to form a new ministry, the Chamber of Deputies hotly objected. Charles' angry dismissal of the chamber (1829) turned an attempt to curb a hated functionary into the total collapse of the regime. An 1830 French election revealed even greater opposition in the chamber, and Charles again dismissed it as he and Polignac published the "July Ordinances," which established strong press controls and reduced the electorate. As usual, the Parisians revolted and blockaded the streets on July 27, 1830; among those manning the barricades were army units and former members of the National Guard disbanded in 1827. Charles acted too late in annulling the new ordinances and dismissing Polignac (July 30, 1830); the minister was arrested and condemned to life imprisonment and later (1836) amnestied. Charles fled, then abdicated in favor of a grandson; the rebels, divided into republicans favoring the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834) and monarchists desiring the conservative Duke of Orléans, Louis-Philippe (1773-1850). They continued to argue among themselves until the dismissed bourgeois legislature declared the throne vacant and proclaimed Louis-Philippe King of the Republic of France. He later claimed for himself the title of Emperor. His ineptness led to the French Revolution of 1848 and the true Second Republic. from

Le 29 juillet 1907 -- naît le mouvement Scouting, d'un mot anglais qui signifie éclaireur: Sur l'île de Brownsea, dans le Dorsetshire, le colonel Robert Baden-Powell, héros de la Guerre des Boers entraîne une vingtaine de jeunes gens à des jeux de piste. Il veut fabriquer des citoyens émérites, épanouis tant au moral qu'au physique. Son idéal connaîtra une fortune prodigieuse. Il sera aussi dévoyé par les partis totalitaires, qui créeront sur le même modèle des mouvements de jeunesse à leur dévotion. {anglais}

July 29, 1977: The Atlanta Braves knuckle-ball hurler, Phil Niekro, struck out four Pittsburgh Pirates in one inning. Niekro became the first pitcher in Braves history (Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta) to do so. Baseball rules provide that a batter can try to make first base, if a catcher fails to catch the ball on a batter's third strike. In such a case, if the batter reaches first base before the ball arrives, the pitcher will be credited with a strike-out, but the out does not count against the team at bat. More Baseball is here

July 30th: Saint Ursus (d. 508 AD) of Autissiodorensis (Auxerre) was bishop of that city. He had been a hermit monk at the church of Saint Amator before being elected bishop at the age of 75. It is said he was selected after he had saved the town from a fire thru his prayers. July 30th is his feast day. In 1619 at Jamestown, Virginia Colony, the premier representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time. In 1864, Union forces attempt to end the stalemate at Petersburg, Virginia by exploding a large bomb under the Confederate fortifications. The northern troops failed to capitalize on the surprise attack. On 30 July 1945, shortly after it delivered the final portion of the first atomic bomb to the US airfield at Tinian, the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58 torpedoed the USS Indianapolis. It sunk in 12 minutes with great loss of life. In 1975, Union boss, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit.

The end of July 1945 -- More to write about the "Indianapolis" incident: The Captain was court-martialed and convicted for the sinking (and loss of nearly 900 men), the only Navy leader tried for a ship loss during the Second World War. Later he was fully exonerated, but he took his own life because of the internal grief and/or guilt he felt. The heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis earned ten battle stars, including one for its participation at Iwo Jima and one for its last engagement during the bombardment of Okinawa in March 1945 during which it was struck by a kamikaze, resulting in 38 casualties (12 fatalities). Captain Charles Butler McVay III, a 1920 Naval Academy graduate and career naval officer who had taken command in November 1944, returned the ship safely to Mare Island in California for repairs, before the mission to Tinian. (a must read)

Thomas Helms, in his book, Ordeal by Sea wrote:

“Father Thomas Michael Conway swam from group to group, never stopping to rest, praying with the men, encouraging those who were frightened, trying to reason with the maddened. His faith and his prayers gave solace to many ... Father Conway, like Ensign Park, Seaman Rich and many others, burned himself out keeping up a constant patrol among the men, ministering to the dying, talking reason into others who had become momentarily deranged and calming the frightened with prayers until all at once he reached the limit of his endurance, and his life drained away.”

And so it was that on August 2, 1945, Father Conway became the last chaplain to die in combat in this war. He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously.

More-July 30, 1619: In April, 1619, Governor General George Yeardley arrived in Virginia from England and announced that the Virginia Company had voted to abolish martial law and to establish a legislative assembly, that became the House of Burgesses — the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. The first assembly met on July 30, 1619, in the church at Jamestown. The first church on the site was constructed in 1617. It was in this church where the first Representative Legislative Assembly met, which convened there on July 30, 1619. A replacement, that was begun in 1639 remains today ( Present were Governor Yeardley, Council, and 22 burgesses representing 11 plantations (or settlements) Burgesses were elected representatives.

  "But forasmuch as men's affaires doe litle prosper where God's service is neglected, all the Burgesses tooke their places in the Quire till a prayer was said by Mr. Bucke, the Minister, that it would please God to guide and sanctifie all our proceedings to his own glory and the good of this Plantation ... The Speaker ... delivered in briefe to the whole assembly the occasions of their meeting. Which done he read unto them the commission for establishing the Counsell of Estate and the general Assembly, wherein their duties were described to the life ... And forasmuch as our intente is to establish one equall and uniforme kinde of government over all Virginia &c."

– John Pory, "A Reporte of the Manner of Proceeding in the General Assembly Convented at James City" (July 30, 1619) --

July 31, 2015 -- 11th Annual, System Administrator Appreciation Day: Today's the day to remember --
July 31, 1451: French merchant prince and financier Jacques Cœur (ou Coeur) is arrested upon the order of his King, Charles VII. Cœur is accused of poisoning la maîtresse du roi, Agnès Sorel; but more seriously, for having used his trusted position in the government for personal enrichment, an unheard of practice in France. His arrest resulted in the famous French quote: «A vaillans cuers, riens impossible,» which is a pun on his name. Today the adage may be best translated: Such a valiant heart, it is not possible. Accordingly, for the many services that he had provided to his King, he was not pardoned and the substantial wealth he and his father had gathered was confiscated (1451) -- which forfeiture may explain his fate. Cœur spent more than three years in jail, but finally escaped from prison into Provence. He reached Rome and was honorably received by Pope Nicholas V (1455). Jacques Cœur would die the following year in service to the Pope against the Ottoman Turks.

His Gothic palace, which was once his home, still remains, constructed over a portion of a Gallo-Roman wall that surrounds the city of Bourges. It was a precursor of the mansions of the Renaissance period. The façade on the street side and that of the main building are decorated with Jacques Cœur's coat-of-arms, plus a multitude of sculptures portraying religious themes. The residence includes a barrel-vaulted gallery, painted chapel and hall that housed Turkish-style baths.

July 31, 1777: The Marquis de Lafayette (Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier), a 19-year-old French nobleman, was made a major-general in the American Continental Army. His contributions to the American cause are well-documented. After the War he served France and avoided losing his head over the Révolution, unlike some others (Comte d'Estaing) who had helped America win its freedom. On this same date, just 23 years later, the cornerstone to the United States Mint was placed in Philadelphia. This was also the first Government Services building ever built by the Federal government.

To celebrate both these occasions in 1988, Willie Stargell became the 200th man inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. Mr. Stargell had 475 career homers, twice leading the National League (NL) (48 in 1971, 44 in 1973). He drove in 1540 runs, scored 1195 and had 2232 hits with a lifetime batting average of .282, and Stargell's inspirational leadership contributed greatly to Pittsburgh Pirate "World" championships in 1971 and 1979, years when he shared National League Most Valuable Player honors. The Pirates retired his #8 (team field-shirt number) in 1982.

Stand by the roads, look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; walk in that way and find rest for your souls

August 1, 10BC: On this day in Lugdunum today's Lyon], Gaul, was born Claudius Cæsar Tiberius Drusus Nero Germanicus, the nephew of Tiberius and grandson of the wife of Augustus. He became emperor after Caligula. Julius Cæsar founded Roman Lugdunum, when he subdued the Gaulois, at the confluence of the Rhône and Saône rivers, overlooking a native celtic village. Modern Lyon encompasses these two towns and much more.

Glastonbury Claudius ruled from 41-54 AD. He built many buildings and public works, for example the harbor at Ostia (ancient port for Rome). He was interested in the judicial system and spent much of his time judging trials. He set in motion the successful conquest of Britain, where the other two attempts by Julius Cæsar and Caligula had failed. Never-the-less, Britain's distance and expense to rule weighed heavily on Roman tax receipts. Claudius died, probably from poison, by the hand of his 4th wife, the mother of Nero.
The BBC's Masterpiece Theatre made the lives of the early Roman rulers highly accessible to the public TV audience. For some years, the third Julian Emperor, known as Tiberius, ran the Roman Empire through Lucius Aelius Sejanus, the head (Prefect) of the Prætorian Guard (Praetorian Præfectus), an elite unit formed first by Augustus for personal protection. Sejanus tried to take too much power, especially after he became Consul. He had made too many enemies and met an untimely end when Tiberius found out about Sejanus' ultimate plot to sieze the throne. A young actor, Patrick Stewart, portrayed Sejanus for several episodes on BBC's classic tale of Roman intrigue -- I, Claudius (1976), named for the first book in a series authored by Robert Graves. Interesting side note: On August 1, 1971 Masterpiece Theatre's 6 Wives of Henry VIII aired on US TV for the first time. On the same day, exactly 10 years later, the rock 'n' role music-video cable channel MTV made its debut. Video Killed the Radio Star, by the Buggles, was the first piece shown.

From we read:

Arviragus, a British King is given Venius Julia, Emperor Claudius' daughter, at peace negotiations in Rome during a six month hiatus of hostilities. Gladys Pomponia Græcina, the sister of Caradoc, Pendragon and Military Dictator of England, marries Aulus Plautius, supreme commander of the Roman forces in England. Gladys-Claudia, the daughter of Caradoc, is not only adopted by Emperor Claudius after her father's defeat, but marries Rufus Pudens, the aide-de-camp of the Roman Commander, Aulus Plautius. Of Caradoc's family, four generations were taken captive to Rome, when he was betrayed by his cousin Aricia, Queen of the Brigantes. Caradoc and his family establish residence at the Palatium Britanicum (Palace of the British) nearby to the Emperor Claudius' home. The Apostle Paul spent his time in Rome at the home of Caradoc's mother or at the Palatium Britanicum, which by then had become a Christian sanctuary. Saint Paul taught the children of Claudia and Pudens, and ordained Caradoc's son, Linus, as first Bishop of Rome; however, they suffer martyrdom under Nero. see also

Also from, we learn more of this history, plus the Roman ties of today's royal family, not to mention the ties to Julia, the sister of Julius Cæsar, grandmother of Augustus Cæsar ( nor even the ties from Cleopatra

It is said that King Arviragus was confirmed in his faith by Joeseph of Arimathea (37AD) As mentioned above, his wife, Venus (Venissa Julia Iceni), was the blood-daughter of Claudius and herself descendant of the founders of Rome and City of Troy. Their children include Queen Boudicca (Boadicea) of the Iceni, who will later lead a revolt against Roman rule (grandmother to King Cloius I (Cœl) "Old King Cole" of Britain). Generatons will pass but her descendant is King Clovis I "The Great" (Chlodovech ) of the Franks, and later Charlemagne, by different children of Clodius, the Long Haired, of the Franks and his consort Basina de Thuringia.

August 02, 216BC: Hannibal Barca of Carthage won his greatest victory over the Romans at Cannæ. Hannibal had seized a grain depot in the small village of Cannæ hoping to lure the Roman forces into battle. Having crossed over the Alps, Hannibal had defeated the Romans at the Trebia River and also at Lake Trasimene. Therefore, the Romans were unwilling to commit any large force into attacking Hannibal. However, Hannibal‘s spies had learned two Roman consuls shared command of the legions and attempted to goad the more impetuous of the two into battle. For most of the next century Rome and Carthage would fight four wars, known as the Punic Wars. The capital city of Carthage would be destroyed and northern Africa would become a Roman Province. -- Map here toward the bottom of the page.

Utica, the Punic city which changed loyalties at the beginning of the siege of Carthage 70 years later, became the capital of the Roman province of Africa when Carthage was systematically burned. A century later, the site of Carthage was rebuilt as a Roman city by Julius Caesar, and would later become one of the main cities of Roman Africa by the time of the Empire. The area had become the breadbasket of Rome.

August 2nd: This date would see the first general civil war break out in France (the Jacquerie 1358); Henri III, is assassinated by Jacques Clément (stabbed August 1, 1589); Napoléon Bonaparte becomes Consul for Life (1802) and l'Empire has begun. England becomes the protector of Egypt in 1882; the first day of hostilities takes place along the border (at Belfort) between France and Germany (1914) and the Allies set the new German borders after the end of World War II at Potsdam (1945).

Notable birth on August 2nd: At the City of Colmar, 1834, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, in the disputed Alsace region of France. Best known as the sculptor of the Statue of Liberty he also designed, inter alia, the Lion of Belfort. Bartholdi passed away October 4, 1904 in Paris.

Isabella & Columbus August 3, 1492: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain looking for the Indies. In part driven by a quest for gold and glory, he also saw himself as a missionary. Columbus departed Palos, Spain, in the Santa Maria, with the Pinta and the Nina on a voyage that would take him to the present-day Americas. A forgotten Italian, Christopher Columbus, died in Spain at age 55. Columbus, then impoverished, initially was interred within the monastery at Valladolid. Reports that he stopped moving after his demise are greatly exaggerated. More HERE

August 3, 1914: Today marks the third day of the European Great War, known better today as World War I, which began with the assassination of the Archduke of the Empire of Austria-Hungry at Sarajevo on June 28th by a Serbian. This drew Russia into the fray as a fellow-slavic nation coming to the aid of another. Germany soon would declare war on Russia on August 1st and on France on the 3rd. Later declarations and hostilities would follow Independence for the Balken states had ended. Once separate kingdoms, after World War I were merged into a newly formed Yugoslavia. It was not until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the period of chaos that followed, that some of the nations reemerged.

Hostilities broke out near Belfort on August 2nd; but, Germany attacked through neutral Belgium (as it did again in 1939). The French had prepared for a traditional assault through the Ardennes and Lorraine. In a few weeks, hundreds of thousands lay dead. In a month, the French capital was moved from Paris to Bordeaux as the Germans now threatened the city of light.

August 4, 1792: In contravention of the
Declaration of the Rights of Man, by order of progressive revolutionaries, all houses of worship are closed in the Republic of France on this day. Just three years earlier, the upper segments of society had been forced to give up their privileges; and, there were other changes, too, including the abolition of mandatory tithes (10%) to the Catholic Church. The year of Terror was just ahead as the Révolution continued. Some churches would reopen as temples dedicated to humanism, some would be destroyed, others just desecrated and / or put to secular use -- many later reopened as Parish churches in the 1800's.

The French Declaration of 1789 is not simply a copy of the American Declaration of Independence, it takes as a starting point the reflexions of the philosophy of the Enlightenment and in particular of authors like Locke, Voltaire, Montesquieu and Rousseau. Admittedly, the US document had a great influence on the French; but, the originality of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen was conceived to recognize eternal and universal values. It thus had, after its publication, a great repercussion on the Western thought.

Moreover, the powerful aspiration to equality, inherited from the Enlightenment philosophy of Rousseau, stands out as the most resonant principle of the Declaration and following revolutionary movements. Unfortunately, because of the troubles during the Reformation and its repression supported by the Catholic powers, the "enlightened ones" had in France an anti-religious fervor (which they have bequeathed down through the ages). Never-the-less "equality" is the most enduring, original characteristic of the French Revolution, within the great sweep of political change which first radiated from the shores of the United States.

Caveat Emptor: One risks a serious error in judgment to take an isolated event out of context. Relying on only one source (such as this) to explain an event only heightens that risk. The storming of the Bastille evokes man's pride of self-accomplishment: the throwing-off of the yoke of tyranny. Indeed the event still is glorified today; but, it has another side. Tyranny is not just about cruelty or oppression. It is the rule by persons who lack legitimacy, even if initially benevolent (and most writers of history would argue that the benevolent become malevolent in order to maintain power).

Tous les gouvernements ont tendance à abuser des principes sur lesquels ils reposent.
La monarchie, gouvernement d’un seul a tendance à dégénérer en tyrannie.
L’aristocratie, gouvernement des meilleurs, a tendance à devenir oligarchie, gouvernement de quelques-uns uns.
La démocratie, gouvernement du peuple, a tendance à devenir démagogie.


One can argue from the "classical" sources, however, that tyranacide is only used as a last resort, and only when the likelihood of success is very high, and only if the government that replaces the tyrant is assured to be better. This is because there is value to public order, even under a tyranny. Revolution tends toward chaos and anarchy, unless human nature is soon held in check by the new regime.

The leaders of the French Revolution threw off a long-established institution, a partnership of state and church, which they thought had no continuing claim to be legitimate. They replaced it with a secular experimental model that became (eventually) far worse. Why did this occur? Perhaps, the "First Republic" had insufficient checks and balances. Perhaps, the founding principles (the Declaration of the Rights of Man) were faulty, based on incorrect assumptions, lacking a firm foundation. In contrast the United States government remains today, eventhough it may at times seem frail. The US Declaration of Independence says much about the original causes of separation from the British monarch, Parliament and the establishment of a more legitimate representative government. American (Federal) leadership, since 1789, has always had an unbroken record of accountability, through the framework of a written, observed Constitution. It, of course, calls for the regular election of key officials, who represent the people. More important is the division of powers among branches and persons. The Constitution avoids a concentration of powers in the hands of a few persons who could, over time, abuse those powers.

The storming of the Bastille had set off a chain of events. It deserves celebration in remembrance of all that occurred. It is not just a symbol of freedom, but a warning about the dangers of revolution. Do you disagree? Des suggestions d'amélioration sont bienvenues.
August 5, 642: King Oswald's death came in battle. The pagan ruler, Penda of Mercia (a kingdom in what is today the English Midlands), who had earlier defeated Edwin, raised an army and met Oswald with overwhelming forces. Surrounded by enemies, Oswald prayed one last prayer -- for God's mercy on the souls of his soldiers. He was considered a martyr because he died at the hand of a pagan while defending a Christian nation. He was named a Saint, set-apart for God's work. See our article on Saint Aidan below. Penda was the last great pagan warrior-king among the Anglo-Saxons. Higham wrote that his destruction sounded the death-knell of English paganism as a political ideology and public religion. After Penda's death, the Mercian tribes were converted to Christianity, and all three of Penda's reigning sons ruled as Christians. Five daughters became Saintes.

August 5, 1789: Full of expectation, elected members of the government of a now United States were in session and working in a hot, muggy New York City. For the first time, the Senate refused to confirm a presidential appointee, ignoring the budding concept of senatorial courtesy, The first US President, George Washington, had nominated Benjamin Fishbourn to the post of Naval Officer for the Port of Savannah without clearing his choice with Georgia's two senators. Favoring another candidate, who was a member of their own political circle, these two men engineered Officer Fishbourn's rejection. Two days later, the Washington conveyed his irritation to the Senate. Permit me to submit to your consideration whether on occasions where the propriety of Nominations appear questionable to you, it would not be expedient to communicate that circumstance to me, and thereby avail yourselves of the information which led me to make them, and which I would with pleasure lay before you.

Contemporaneously, the reports of savage violence that broke out in France during July, 1789, shocked Thomas Jefferson, who was at his post as the American representative to France; but, reactionary conflict did not undermine his belief in the essential rightness of the cause or the ultimate triumph of its progressive principles. He remained optimistic about the prospect for an enduring and peaceful political settlement. He seemed oblivious (or at least silent) to the deep, irreconcilable and anti-religious class hatred that drove the mobs. Repeatedly, Jefferson expressed a belief that the worst of the slaughter had passed. The future looked bright to him. He wrote on August 5, 1789, the National Assembly [of popular representatives] are wise, firm and moderate. They will establish the English constitution, purged of its numerous and capital defects. Jefferson also began to express his belief in the benefits of periodic revolutions -- at generational intervals of about 19 years., Jefferson, American Sphinx.htm

According to the US Treasury, also on this date (August 5, 1789), the brigantine Persis, which arrived at the port of New York from Leghorn, Italy (Livorno is a port city astride the Ligurian Sea on the western edge of Tuscany), had the honour of being the first vessel to be affected by the Tariff Act of July 4, 1789. The duty collected amounted to $774.71 (which was worth about 50 ounces in gold coin). The US Customs Service virtually provided the country its only direct source revenue from 1789 to 1913, until the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution, the reason for the income tax being a popular revenue source today.

The land of Persis was located in what is now southern Iran. Persians settled the area as early as the 8th century B.C. Alexander the Great gained control of Persis, and after his death it became part of the Seleucid Kingdom. About 290 B.C. Persis regained independence. Coinage during this period reflected Greek heritage, but inscriptions were in Aramaic script. Sometime between c. 250 and 223 B.C., the Seleucids took control once more. King Mithradates II later incorporated Persis as a sub-kingdom of Parthia. Under Parthian domination, the coins and depicted rulers assumed a Parthian style. The last King of Persis, Artaxerxes (Artâkhshatra-Ardshir), defeated the Parthians in the 3rd century AD and founded the Sassanian Empire. He also established Zoroastrianism as the state religion. He should not be confused with Artaxerxes (meaning "righteous ruler") who was a Persian king who initially obstructed the rebuilding of the Temple at Jerusalem (Ezra 4:7). Fourteen years later, he permitted Nehemiah to return and rebuild Jerusalem.
Raphael -- picture sometimes will not load A great light was seen -- August 6th -- C'est sa fête -- Transfiguration du Seigneur: Cette fête commémore un événement que rapportent les évangélistes Marc, Matthieu et Luc. Jésus, un jour, se fit accompagner par ses disciples Jacques, Jean et Pierre au sommet d'une montagne. Et là, les trois disciples virent le Christ dans un vêtement blanc resplendissant, entouré de deux hommes dans lesquels ils reconnurent les prophètes de l'Ancien Testament Moïse et Élie. Une nuée descendit du ciel et une voix proclama: « Celui-ci est mon Fils bien-aimé, c'est lui qu'il faut écouter ».

Sainte lumière, splendeur du Père, louange à toi, Jésus Christ !
Venez, crions de joie pour le Seigneur,
acclamons notre Rocher, notre salut !
Allons jusqu'à lui en rendant grâce,
par nos hymnes de fête acclamons-le !
Car le Seigneur est un grand Dieu,
et un grand Roi au-dessus de tous les autres.
Psaume 94 (d'invitatoire: v. 1-3)

Les cieux ont proclamé Sa justice,
et tous les peuples ont vu Sa gloire.
Tu es, Seigneur, le Très-Haut sur toute la terre,
Tu domines de haut tous les dieux.
Psaume 96
Come on, shout with joy for the Lord;
Acclaim the Rock of our Salvation!
Come to Him giving thanks,
Our festive hymns hail Him !
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all others.
- Psalm 95 (the Invitatory: v. 1-3)

The heavens have declared His Justice
and all people have seen His Glory.
You, Lord, are the Most High over all the earth,
You are exalted above all others. - from Psalm 97

About a week after His sojourn in Cæsarea Philippi, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them to a high mountain apart, where He was transformed before their eyes. Saints Matthew and Mark express this phenomenon by the word metemorphothe, which the Latin Vulgate renders as transfiguratus est. The Synoptic gospels more clearly explain the full meaning of the word by adding his face did shine as the sun and his garments became white as snow, according to the Vulgate, or as light, according to the original Greek text -- the luminosity coming from within -- a glimpse of the divine nature.

In the fourth century AD, Mount Thabor, the acknowledged as the scene of Christ's Transfiguration (near Nazereth), became a place of pilgrimage and was surmounted by a basilica and several churches and chapels. In 1101 the Benedictine monks rebuilt these edifices and constructed a fortified abbey, later destroyed the Saracens (1187). They in turn built (1210-12) a large fortress that the Crusaders attacked in vain (1217). The plateau of Mount Thabor is now occupied by Franciscans and Schismatic Greek monks.

The Feast of the Transfiguration is a very ancient one in the Christian East. It very early was fixed to August 6th in midsummer (August 19th is the feast of the Transfiguration for the Russian Orthodox Church). In the tenth century, the same day became, by decision of the emperor, a statutory holiday throughout the Byzantine empire. In the West, after long being a locally recognized holiday, it was made a universal celebration after the Christian victory that stopped the Turkish advance into Europe (1456). The liturgical date of celebration was determined by the practice of the Eastern Churches. Along with the Baptism of Christ, it is a feast of Theophany, that is to say, the manifestation of Christ as Son of God. It is celebrated today by the Church of the West and all eastern denominations of Byzantine, Syrian and Coptic. The Armenian Church celebrates the feast on the next Sunday following the 6th.

Au moment de commencer sa montée vers sa Passion, Jésus prend avec lui Pierre, Jacques et Jean et les emmène sur une montagne, le mont Thabor selon la tradition. Là, il est transfiguré devant eux et reçoit du Père ce témoignage: "Celui-ci est mon Fils bien-aimé." Au jardin des Oliviers, au soir de son arrestation, ce sont les mêmes, Pierre, Jacques et Jean, que Jésus prendra avec lui. Ce n'est pas une coïncidence. Ceux qui allaient le voir défiguré ("il n'avait plus figure humaine" avait annoncé le prophète Isaïe) ce sont eux qui devaient, auparavant, l'avoir vu transfiguré: le Jésus Fils de Dieu est le même que le Jésus crucifié. La fête de la Transfiguration est très ancienne dans l'Orient chrétien. Elle fut très tôt fixée au 6 août, en plein été (Le 19 août, c'est la fête de la Transfiguration pour l'église orthodoxe russe). Au Xe siècle, elle devint même, par décision de l'empereur, fête chômée dans tout l'empire byzantin. En Occident, après avoir été longtemps fête locale, elle fut constituée fête universelle après la victoire qui stoppa l'avance turque en 1456. La date liturgique de sa célébration fut choisie d'après la pratique des églises orientales. Avec le Baptême du Christ, c'est une fête de théophanie, c'est-à-dire de manifestation du Christ comme Fils de Dieu. Elle est célébrée en ce jour par l'église d'Occident et tous les Orientaux byzantins, syriens et coptes. L'église arménienne la reporte au dimanche suivant. see also

August 7, 1928: The vanishing dollar, or more correctly, the new shrinking bill. Paper money, one third smaller than previous issues, began to be released by the U.S. Treasury Department. The $1 denomination of 1928 would be worth about $11-20 in terms of today's purchasing power. A handful ($100) in common circulated US Gold Coins in 1928 would be worth at least 70 times as much ($7000) in 2014.

Federal Reserve Note backed by US Debt

United States Note & Gold-backed Note

Certificate Backed by Silver (when issued)

History is full of Irony August 8, 1792: If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace. -- Lord John Russell for whom the Russell Square was named. For those of you who have forgotten, that was where one of the London bombs went off on July 7, 2005. John Russell was born on August 8, 1792, the third son of the sixth Duke of Bedford. Russell went to the Westminster School and the University of Edinburgh. As prime minister, his government's efforts to prevent widespread starvation from the Irish potato famine of 1846-1847 were ineffective. During this first term (1846-1852), he helped pass legislation limiting working hours in factories in the Factory Act of 1847, and was responsible for the passing of the Public Health Act of 1848. This ministry also ended restrictions on colonial trade by repealing the Navigation Acts in 1849.

August 8, 1945: President Truman signed the United Nations Charter; in the meantime, the Soviet Union had declared war against Imperial Japan and launched the Manchurian Strategic Offensive (Манчжурская стратегическая наступательная операция - Operation August Storm as it is called in the US) against the Japanese Imperial forces occupying Northeast China. While the Soviets established a communist-style peoples' republic in North Korea (which continues to plague us today), the U.S had devastated Hiroshima on August 6th: A auspicious beginning to the UN's peacekeeping mission.

August 9-near Paris, 1754: Pierre Charles L’Enfant, an architect, engineer, American Revolutionary War officer, was born at Anet (near Dreux) in the province of Eure-et-Loir. Today's chief attraction there is the Château d'Anet was built in the middle of the 16th century by Henry II. for Diana of Poitiers. Near it is the plain of Ivry-la-Bataille, where soon to be King Henry IV defeated the armies of the Catholic League on March 14, 1590. But I digress.

L’Enfant planned the layout of the District of Columbia (City of Washington, the Nation's Capital). L'Enfant was wounded while leading troops in the attack on British-held Savannah (9 October 1779). He was taken to Charleston, S.C. to recover. Leaving his sick-bed, L'Enfant participated in the defense of the city during the British siege in 1780. He was taken prisoner when the city surrendered on 12 May 1780. L'Enfant was not released until Rochambeau arranged for his exchange in January 1782. Returning to Philadelphia in May 1782, l'Enfant was breveted Major in the American Army. He died June 14, 1825, and is now buried in Arlington National Cemetery (1909).
August 9, 1945: When the atom bomb destroyed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it somehow spared a building only eight blocks away from ground zero. In the structure lived eight men of the Jesuit Order, who were unharmed by the blast, its heat or radiation. The Christian Community of Nagasaki fared worse on August 9th.

On August 9, 1945, as was the usual practice, Catholic and Protestant chaplains blessed the crew of an airplane just before it took off. This aircraft left from Tinian Island carrying a bomb named Little Boy. The target was Kokoro on the Japanese mainland. The plane arrived over Kokoro, but fog prevented the crew from clearly seeing the target. The plane moved on to the secondary target, Nagasaki. The city also experienced fog that morning, but a brief clearing allowed the crew to zero in on the most distinct building in town, a Catholic Cathedral.

So it was that the city in which St. Mary’s Cathedral stood, became ground zero for the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan. In seconds, the massive explosion decimated the largest Christian community in Japan, unlike the small mission spared in Hiroshima by an apparent miracle. The Japanese Christians were only about 1% of the total nation's population, but most of them lived in the Nagasaki area. see also

Nagasaki top left-Hiroshima bottom right Christianity took hold in Japan during the age of European exploration. That period came to an abrupt, bloody end. On July 25, 1587, Japanese Shogun, Hideyoshi, banned Christianity and ordered all European Christians to leave. The government followed-up the edict with executions, including a heinous massacre at Nagasaki (1597). It took other actions which ended western contact; but, it seems that during more than 250 years without priests or outside Christian communication (1600-1865), the Japanese Christian community became a vital remnant in Nagasaki of 30,000 baptized believers. Japanese society had remained unaware of their existence.

When news spread about these Kakure Kirihitan, after Admiral Perry opened Japan to trade, there was another persecution by the government, but it was soon stilled by pressure from the West. In 1894, the Japanese Christians for the first time had permission to build a church. They chose a site on the hill in Nagasaki where the martyrs of the original Nagasaki community had been crucified in 1597. After 23 years of building, Urakami Tenshudo Cathedral was dedicated in 1917. from

... there is a sound of crying, weeping and bitter sorrow;
Rachel weeping for her children;
she will not be comforted because they are no more [Jeremiah 31:15].

Could the bombing of Nagasaki have been avoided? Today, historians have all the secret intercepts and US analyses that affected this decision. After Hiroshima, the Japanese military leaders did not see their situation as hopeless. They were not seeking to surrender unconditionally, but pursuing a negotiated end to the war that would preserve as much power as possible. Even the next day, after Nagasaki was demolished, August 10th, Japan announced its willingness to surrender to Allies; but it still clung to its proviso that the sovereign status of the nation and Emperor Hirohito remain unchanged. This old order had intended to fight on, thinking that an invasion (tentatively planned for November against Kyushu) would have too high a casualty rate for the American public. It was only then that the Emperor personally intervened. In face of mounting Japanese civilian losses, further slaughter became unthinkable. Moreover, in counterbalance, some estimates today judge that between one-quarter and one-half million civilians were dying each month outside Japan from the effects of Japanese occupation. Even after his intervention, an aborted military coup failed the night before Hirohito announced his decision to his people. See Frank, Richard B. Why Truman Dropped the Bomb, The Weekly Standard, August 8, 2005 [Vol.10 #44] pp. 20-24.

Recent information suggests that Japan was the second nation to become a nuclear power !!!  A few days before the end of the War the Japanese exploded a small atomic device on a small island in what is today North Korea. That area is off limits today. It is reported that the bomb factory was located in the same country, that it was dismantled by the Russians in 1945 and production equipment taken to the Soviet Union. See also One more item to consider:

During the {6 week} Nanking Massacre {1937}, the Japanese committed a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians, including mass execution, raping, looting, and burning. It is impossible to keep a detailed account of all of these crimes. However, from the scale and the nature of these crimes as documented by survivors and the diaries of the Japanese militarists, the chilling evidence of this historical tragedy is indisputable. (Emperor knew all about this)

August 10, 70: Military forces of the Roman Empire, sent by the Emperor (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) to put down a rebellion in the Holy Land, break through the walls of the City of Jerusalem and destroy the Temple. Some have said that the event occurred on the same day of the year as an earlier destruction of Solomon's Temple by Babylonians in 586BC. The rebellion had begun during the last years of Nero's reign, and it was not until Vespasian could restore order at home that he could turn his attention back east. It is estimated that as many as one million Jews died in the Great Revolt against Rome. When people today speak of the almost two-thousand-year span of Jewish homelessness and exile, they are dating it from the failure of the revolt and the destruction of the Temple.

{Vespasian's general and later Rome's next emperor} Titus retired into the tower of Antonia, and resolved to storm the temple the next day, early in the morning, with his whole army, and to encamp round about the holy house; but, as for that house, God had for certain long ago doomed it to the fire; and now that fatal day was come, according to the revolution of ages; it was the tenth day of the month Lous [Av], upon which it was formerly burnt by the king of Babylon.

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{One may} comfort himself with this thought, that it was fate that decreed it to be, which is inevitable, both as to living creatures and about works and places also. However, one cannot but wonder at the accuracy of this period thereto relating; for the same month and day were now observed, as I said before, wherein the holy house was burned formerly by the Babylonians. [Flavius Josephus, Wars of the Jews, The Complete Works of Josephus {translated by William Whiston}, (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 1960), pp 580-581.] -- see links HERE

Is it not true that history has seen played out few original stories, but has suffered many, many copies: Pundits, Prophets and Politicians shouting, PEACE, PEACE, when there can be no peace; assuring all of prosperity, plenty of good things and a continued possession of property, when in a short time, none of these promises should prevail; but, sudden, utter destruction would come upon them [from 1 Thessalonians 5:3].

Jeremiah 8:11 -- They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. Peace, peace, they say, when there can be no peace. {When all is sound in a nation's moral state of being, so all will be peace regarding its political well-being (cf. Jer 4:10; 8:11; 14:13; 23:17; Eze 13:5, 10; 22:28)}.

Jeremiah 14:13 -- But I said, "Alas, Sovereign LORD! The prophets keep telling them, You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place."

Ezekiel 13:10 -- Because they lead my people astray, saying, Peace, when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash {perhaps an allusion to whitewashed tombs as well as the cover-up so prevalent in contemporary politics of the time}

The date was August 10th or 29th. The Temple of Jerusalem burned after a nine-month Roman siege. The Temple was destroyed by Rome’s 10th Legion, the Jews in that place were mostly slaughtered, the rest were exiled and the whole city destroyed (September 1st -- later it was rebuilt as a Roman town).

. . . not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down. More HERE

"On the tenth day of the fifth month, which was in the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, who was in the service of the king of Babylon, came to Jerusalem. And he burned the house of the Lord [the Temple of Solomon], the king's house, and all the houses of Jerusalem; even every large house he burned with fire [Jeremiah 52:12-13]."

A few years after the death of Nero, the Emperor Vespasian launched the construction of a huge 50,000-seat amphitheater at the site of the lake and gardens of the former emperor. Its official name, the Flavian Amphitheatre (after the family name of Vespasian) was soon replaced in popular usage by the Colosseum (in Latin, the Colossus), probably because of the proximity of the gigantic statue of Nero/Apollo. The name stuck even after the removal of this large object. The colosseum was built from the spoils of the destruction of Jerusalem. A dedicatory inscription was discovered in 2001 which reads, Imp T. Caes. Vespasianus Aug. Ampitheatrum Novum Ex Manubis Fieri Iussit. This translates to “The Emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus had this new amphitheater erected with the spoils of war” -- referring to the destruction of Jerusalem by Vespasian's son, Titus, who issued this coin.

August 10, 843 -- The first Treaty of Verdun: Brothers Lotharius I, Louis le Germanique and Charles le Chauve, all children of Charlemagne, divide his kingdom, consisting of eastern France, western Germany and points in between. This division would result in a European wars for the next 1100 plus years. For example look at what happened to Alsace and places like Belfort.

The Carolingians, under Pepin's son, Charlemagne, had annexed all of southern Germany and the lands in the north and northeast, held by the Saxons. Charlemagne, crowned emperor in 800AD by Pope Leo III, patterned his court after the late Roman Empire. He ruled his Holy Roman Empire from Aachen (the French still call the city Aix-la-Chapelle), which is today in Germany, close by the Dutch Border. The official work of his court was done in Latin; however, the day - to - day language (in the east) congealed into what has evolved into Hoch Deutsch today. Why not French? Because, upon his death the empire split into three kingdoms. The west eventually became France and the romantic (ne c'est pas) language base of Latin prevailed. Indeed, even in 800AD the language between the western and the eastern portions of the empire showed marked differences. So much so, that the treaty named after Virodunensis (Verdun) in 843AD had to be written in two languages.

Otto I, an old-Saxon chief, emerged as the King of East Francia by 962AD. He became the leader of the Holy Roman Empire {Römischen Reich}, an official designation {Rede} which remained in use, and in German hands, for another nine centuries. Toward the end of that time period, the words Reich, Reiches or Reichs were used without any other direct attributes, still signifying however, a continuation of the empire from the previous Millennium. Frankfurt became the traditional site for electing and crowning emperors of the German Reich.

 St-Laurent is one of the oldest churches in Grenoble August 10, 1755: Under the orders of Charles Lawrence, and in violation of a treaty, Britain begins to forcibly deport the Acadians from Nova Scotia to its thirteen Colonies to the south. Interestingly, this is also the feast day of Saint Lawrence (Laurentius). He became one of the seven deacons of ancient Rome serving under Pope Sixtus II, who were martyred during the persecution of Valerian in 258. Lawrence is believed to have been born in Spain, at Huesca, a town in Aragon near the foot of the Pyrenees. At the beginning of the month of August, 258, the emperor Valerian issued an edict commanding that all bishops, priests, and deacons should immediately be put to death.

Sixtus was captured on August 6, 258, at the cemetery of Saint Callixtus, while celebrating the liturgy. His execution and that of his staff followed soon after. According to Catholic tradition, Laurentius was the final martyr, left alive to turn over the Churches' riches to the authorities. Lawrence hid or gave it all away. The Holy Grail is a principal relic that Lawrence sent to his parents in northern Aragon. The family eventually entrusted the sacred chalice to the monastery of San Juan de la Peña, which became core of spiritual strength for the emerging kingdom of Aragon. While the Holy Chalice's exact journey through the centuries is well-disputed, it is generally accepted that the chalice he sent has been venerated and preserved by a number of monks and monasteries through the ages. Today the Holy Grail is venerated in a special chapel in the Catholic Cathedral of Valencia, Spain.

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August 10, 1864: The artillery bombardment of Atlanta escalated. At 5 o'clock in the afternoon Union batteries began firing new rifled cannon. The range and accuracy of the rifled cannon had startled the world. A 30-pounder (4.2-inch) Parrott had an amazing carry of 8,453 yards with 80-pound hollow shot; the notorious Swamp Angel that fired on Charleston in 1863 was a 200-pounder Parrott mounted in the marsh 7,000 yards from the city. But ironically, despite the fire power, rifles and smoothbores could destroy only bricks and mortar, not earthworks. ARTILLERY THROUGH THE AGES

In Atlanta each Union weapon fired every five minutes. After Sherman complained about not hearing the guns fire, the frequency of shelling increased. That night, Sherman wrote General Howard, saying: Let us destroy Atlanta and make it a desolation. {cf Ezekiel 35: 1-9 (Edom to be destroyed)} In the meantime, even as the sword of destruction seemed suspended over the city, elsewhere life went on. For instance, in Saint Francis' city, Samuel Clemens was observing: A runaway buggy (at any rate the horse attached to it was running away and the buggy was taking a good deal of interest in it) came into collision with a dray, yesterday, in Montgomery street, and the dray was not damaged any to speak of. San Francisco Daily Morning Call

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The scrolling digital display shows Universal Time (UTC), which is 5 hours in winter and 4 hours in summer ahead of Eastern and EDT, respectively. So, the summer solstice took place on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 0504 Universal time, which was 1:04 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time and 11:04 P.M. on the 20th, if you were in Casper Wyoming (Mountain Time) at that moment.