Monday, November 15, 2010
534 – The second and final revision of the Codex Iustinianus Repetitae Praelectionis—the part of Emperor Justinian’s massive Corpus Iuris Civilis which includes the constitutiones of the Roman Emperors—is published at Constantinople.
1532 – Francisco Pizarro and his men capture Inca Emperor Atahualpa. In what Karl Llewellyn would call a classic "welsher" situation, the Spanish agree not to kill him if he fills a 22' x 17' x 8' once with gold and twice with silver and gives it all to them. He does, but is killed anyway.
1776 – The Republic of the Seven United Netherlands becomes the first state to recognize the independence of the United States.
1821 – Missouri merchant William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with wagons of trade goods. His route will become the most important trade route in the Southwest, the Santa Fe Trail.
1907 – Oklahoma joins the Union as the 46th U.S. state.
1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens. Its mission is to ensure the financial stability of the nation, a task at which it will fail dismally and repeatedly.
1973 – President Richard Nixon signs the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, which authorizes a consortium led by Atlantic Richfield, British Petroleum, and Humble Oil to construct the Alaska Pipeline.