Browsing: April 2

A Brief History On April 2, 1930, Empress Zewditu of Ethiopia died, making her the last (most recent) Empress in world history.  Will there be another empress someday?  In the past, we have discussed women leaders and even some “badass women” and today we take a look at this last female head of an empire.  When will another woman become empress of an empire?  If you know of any candidates, share that information with us! Digging Deeper Zewditu, named Askala Maryam at birth in 1876, was the daughter of King Menelik of Shewa, the man who would become Emperor Menelik…

A Brief History On April 2, 1863, Southern women in Richmond, Virginia were at their wits end and had had enough, or more accurately had NOT had enough, because they and their families were starving for lack of food (aka, bread).  Rioting in the Confederate capital ensued, with men, women and children destroying property and looting stores.  Bread riots had become all too common in the American South during the Civil War (what my Southern friends call “The War of Northern Aggression.”), and the Richmond riots were the worst.  (See our article “10 Goofy Named Riots” for more riot history.)…

A Brief History On April 2, 1911, the Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted their first ever national census. Most countries conduct some sort of periodic census, and we here in the United States do so every 10 years, a critical process that results in how many representatives to Congress each state gets (and electoral votes) and how Federal funds are distributed. In 2018, the Trump Administration announced the 2020 Census questionnaire would include a question asking if the respondent was a citizen or not, a volatile and contentious issue being debated at this time. Digging Deeper That first Australian census…

A Brief History Horror film fans of John Carroll University, here is your chance to be among the first in Cleveland, Ohio to see A Quiet Place on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Cinemark At Valley View and XD in Valley View, Ohio!  Please visit this link for the chance to download a pass.   Passes are limited and seating is first-come, first-served and not guaranteed.  Please arrive early to increase your chance of entry. Digging Deeper   In A Quiet Place, the Abbotts, a family of four, must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten…

A Brief History On April 2, 2017, the people of the United States are being bombarded by a new infinitive or transitive verb, “to surveil,” and its present and past tenses, “surveilling” and “surveilled.” As a Military Intelligence officer (Go ahead, make your jokes…) I had pointed out to me early in training that the word “surveillance” was a noun and that there was no verb, to surveil. Well, so many people misused this non-word, that not only is it now in the dictionary (Merriam-Webster), but politicians and news casters seem to have made it the most overused word in…

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