Friday, November 12, 2010
354 – St. Augustine of Hippo is born at Thagaste in Numidia, now Algeria. His drunken early life will later make him the patron saint of brewers.
1002 – Hoping to stop the Viking invasions of England, King thelred II (the Unready) orders all the Norsemen in the country killed. It doesn’t work; he will die as the kingdom is later overrun by Danes under Canute.
1312 – The future King Edward III is born at Windsor Castle. As king, he will battle inflation with wage and price controls, which won’t work.
1724 – John Dickinson (left) is born at Talbot County, Maryland. He will be one of the literary leaders of the American Revolution with his Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania), the President/Governor of two American states (Pennsylvania and Delaware) and the namesake of what is now Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law.
1856 – Future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis is born at Louisville, Kentucky, where the law school named for him is located.
1864 – A new constitution goes into effect in Greece, creating a democratic monarcy.
1956 – The U.S. Supreme Court lets stand the district court decision in Browder v. Gayle, 142 F. Supp. 707 (1956), holding that state laws requiring segregated buses are unconstitutional.
1994 – Swedish voters vote to have their country join the European Union.