Thirty-Two

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“Gewz, lewz, qastan u tin… kemm inhobbu ‘l San Martin”

Trivia for Eleven…
Events
11.11.1215 – Doctrine of transubstantiation defined by Fourth Lateran Council
11.11.1634 – Irish House of Commons passes “Act for the Punishment for the Vice of Buggery”
11.11.1880 – Ned Kelly hanged in Melbourne, Australia
11.11.1889 – Washington admitted as 42nd US State
11.11.1911 – Many cities in US Midwest break their record highs and lows (Strong Cold Front)
11.11.1918 – End of World War I (signed at 11 a.m.)
11.11.1924 – Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first Greek Republic
11.11.1926 – Route 66 is established
11.11.1940 – First Aircraft carrier attack in history (Battle of Taranto)
11.11.1942 – Nazis complete the occupation of France
11.11.1962 – Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) unilaterally proclaims independence
11.11.1975 – Australian constitutional crisis
11.11.1992 – CofE allows women priests
11.11.2004 – PLO confirms that Yassir Arafat is dead

Births
1050 – Henri IV Holy Roman Emperor
1493 – Paracelsus
1828 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
1869 – King Vittorio Emmanuele III (Italy)
1914 – Henry Wade (US Lawyer)
1945 – Daniel Ortega (Nicaragua)
1962 – Demi Moore
1964 – Calista Flockhart
1974 – Leonardo di Caprio
1981 – Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxembourg (potential national holiday?)

Holidays
Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth
Armistice day in France and Belgium
Veteran’s Day in US
Independence Day in Poland and Angola
Feast Day of St Martin
Twins Day in Taiwan (celebrate biological twins)

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9 responses to “Thirty-Two

  1. David Friggieri

    1) Bon anniv. Check out Noel Grima’s birthday present to you in today’s Indy – a few choice quotes from The Malta Chronicle which ratchet up your influence in the MSM by another notch.
    2) Thumbs up for your post The Neighs Don’t Have It. We can agree to disagree on interpretations, misinterpretations and misunderstandings. It’s part of the fun. The “why do I even bother?” stance ain’t so enjoyable.
    3) Your general point about Lux often ignoring Malta and Cyprus is hardly limited to Lux. Since 2004, I’ve come across heaps of articles, editorials and the like which talk of “the Eastern enlargement”, “l’elargissement a l’Europe orientale” and so on and so forth.

  2. Cheers. Cheers. Can’t find anything in the Indy….

  3. David Friggieri

    Seems not to feature in the on-line version but I had the pleasure of leafing through the real thing this morning. Noel Grima conveniently filled page 2 with pieces from The Chronicle. Everyone but The Horse seems to have caught his editorial attention. C’est vraiment dommage, Noel!

  4. Hmm. I wonder if anyone reading this is in possession of both the Independent and a scanner. If this remote possibility exists I would appreciate a scanned copy of said passages being sent to jacques dot zammit at gmail dot com. Chenkuje.

  5. Happy Birthday. My birthday present is a Fausto moment: armistace was not signed at 11 a.m. on 11/11/1911 but at 5 a.m..

  6. True true. Bad wikipedia. Not SIGNED at 11 am but CAME INTO EFFECT at 5 am. And it was 1918 anyway.

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