Browsing: September 24

A Brief History This article presents a chronological list of notable events that happened on September 24th.  For each date below, please click on the date to be taken to an article covering that date’s event. Digging Deeper On September 24, 787, church leaders of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church met at the Church of Hagia Sophia in Iznik, province of Nicaea ( province of Bursa in modern Turkey) in a conference known as the Second Council of Nicaea. On September 24, 1272, Prince Edward of England, leader of the Ninth Crusade, left Acre (Syria) for Sicily…

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A Brief History On September 24, 2015, yet another religious related tragedy occurred when as many as 2,000 faithful Muslims in Saudi Arabia for the Hajj were stampeded and suffocated when a large crowd met another large crowd at a road intersection and chaos resulted.  The worst tragedy in a long line of Hajj related tragedies, some estimates were as high as over 2,400 dead, the worst Hajj related disaster. Digging Deeper In previous articles we have discussed tragedies and disasters related to religious events and locations, and asked the question, “What do these tragedies mean?”  If you are a…

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A Brief History On September 24, 1884, Hugo Schmeisser was born in Jena, in what was then the German Empire.  The son of a well known weapons designer, Hugo would go on to everlasting fame, or infamy if you prefer, as the man that invented the assault rifle. Digging Deeper Did you think the assault rifle inventor was  Mikhail Kalashnikov, the Russian that invented the AK-47?  Or perhaps you thought that Eugene Stoner, inventor of the M-16/AR-15 family of assault rifles invented the genre? Schmeisser beat both of those famous weapons designers by coming up with the StG-44 during World…

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A Brief History On September 24, 2019, we have the sad news for our readers and fans of horror movies that actor Sid Haig died on September 21, 2019 at the age of 80.  Though appearing in numerous films of all types, he is probably best remembered for his iconic performances as Captain Spaulding in the Rob Zombie horror shockers, The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell and House of 1000 Corpses.  (Captain Spaulding is the patriarch of the Firefly Family, the clan of weirdos that murders people for no apparent reason other than to amuse horror movie audiences!) Digging Deeper…

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A Brief History On September 24, 787, church leaders of the Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church met at the Church of Hagia Sophia in Iznik, province of Nicaea ( province of Bursa in modern Turkey) in a conference known as the Second Council of Nicaea.  The object of the Council was to resolve issues of difference between the beliefs and teaching of both branches of Christianity, notably, to venerate or not to venerate icons. (Some terminology:  iconolater = one who venerates icons/holy images; iconoclast = one who prohibits against the veneration of icons; iconoclasm = the prohibition against…

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