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This Day In History
Illjwamh posted a topic in Off Topic DiscussionBecause why not? On March 30 in History: 1432 - Future Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II is born. A collective chill runs up the spine of every citizen of Constantinople, but is dismissed as just the wind. 1841 - The National Bank of Greece, a private company owned by a Swiss man, is founded. The nation of Greece is immediately in debt to it. 1863 - The Greeks need a king. "Hey, how about this Danish guy?" "Sure, seems legit." 1867- U.S. Secretary of State William Seward buys a massive piece of land from Russia for peanuts. It is filled with gold, oil, and myriad untold natural and mineral resources. He is mocked for it until his dying day. 1870 - The United States let Texas back in. Both sides regret it to this day. 1870 again - The U.S. Constitution is amended to make clear that non-white people should be allowed to vote. Not women, though. That'd be crazy. 1981 - John Hinckley, Jr. shoots the president of the United States in order to impress a young girl he saw in a movie. It reportedly does not work.
CritterKeeper posted a topic in Off Topic DiscussionI've seen several places where people are trying to even up the overwhelming bias in most history books where men are central and women peripheral, if present at all. Likewise collections of inspiring women scientists, programmers, inventors, etc. to try to combat the prejudice that such roles are for men. I'd like to think such biases are diminishing, and we're starting to recognize the badass women who were an integral part of creating and improving the workd we live in, but there's still a long way to go. Coming across a new bold, creative, brave, smart woman I'd never heard of before still gives me a little thrill. So, I figured it would be nice to have a thread where I can share new discoveries and old favorites, and hopefully others will share some of their favorites too! To kick things off, someone in the comments of a Scandinavia and the World mentioned their hometown's hero, Sybil Ludington. At the age of sixteen, she rode forty miles (Paul Revere's ride was twenty), in the middle of the night and through the rain, to warn the town of Danbury that a British attack was imminent, and to rouse and alert about four hundred minutemen to rally to the town's defense. Along the way she is said to have had to defend herself from a highwayman with a stick she'd been using to knock on doors.