Sunday, October 17, 2010
1009 – Demonstrating Islamic tolerance, Caliph Al-Hakim bi_Amr Allah razes the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—the spot sacred to Christians as the site of the Crucifixion—down to the bedrock.
1016 – The Danes under Knut II defeat the Edmund Ironside’s Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon, setting the state for the eventual Danish hegemony over all of England..
1646 – St. Isaac Jogues, a missionary to the Huron tribes in North America, is clubbed to death and beheaded by Mohawks—enemies of the Hurons—who believe he is a witch.
1648 – Shoemakers in Boston form a guild, creating what is often claimed to be the first labor organization in what will eventually become the United States.
1767 – Two English surveyors, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, finish surveying the disputed border between the properties of William Penn and those of Charles Calvert, 5th Baron Baltimore. The "Mason-Dixon" line will go on to play a prominent role in U.S. culture.
1925 – Harmonica star "Doctor" Humphrey Bate and His Possum Hunters appear on the National Life & Accident Co.’s radio program on Nashville’s WSM—a program that will eventually become known as The Grand Ole Opry.
1926 – Charles Edward Anderson Berry is born at St. Louis, Mo., the son of a Baptist deacon. After a stretch in a reformatory for armed robbery and a stint as a cosmetologist, young "Chuck" Berry will mix black R&B with white country music into a new genre people will soon call "rock ‘n’ roll."
1954 – Dallas’s Texas Instruments, announces the creation of a new consumer product it calls a "transistor radio."
Three new papers crack our Top Ten this week, led by Christopher Peter’s very timely look at the embattled Mortgage Electronic Registration System. It’s not surprising it’s been download more than two thousand times in the past two weeks. Following are the top ten most_downloaded papers from the SSRN Journal of Contract and Commercial Law for the sixty days ending October 17, 2010. Last week's rank in parentheses.
1 (–) Two Faces: Demystifying the Mortgage Electronic Registration System's Land Title Theory, Christopher Lewis Peterson (Utah).
2 (1) Good Faith and Contract Interpretation: A Law and Economics Perspective, Simone M. Sepe (Arizona).
3 (4) Regulating Systemic Risk, Steven L. Schwarcz (Duke) & Iman Anabtawi (UCLA).
4 (3) Taking Punitive Damages Seriously: Why a French Court Did Not Recognize An American Decision Awarding Punitive Damages and Why it Should Have, François-Xavier Licari (Metz).
5 (6) A Moral Rights Theory of the Private Law, Andrew S. Gold (DePaul).
6 (5) Arbitration as Delegation, David Horton (Loyola-L.A.).
7 (–) Misbehavioral Economics: The Case Against Behavioral Antitrust, Joshua D. Wright (Geo. Mason) & Judd E. Stone (Int’l Ctr. for Law & Econ.).
8 (–) The Need for Insurance Policy Transparency, Daniel Schwarcz (Minnesota).
9 (7) The Conundrum of Covered Bonds, Steven L. Schwarcz (Duke).
10 (9) Comparing CEO Employment Contract Provisions: Differences between Australia and the U.S., Jennifer G. Hill (Sydney), Ronald W. Masulis (New South Wales-Business) & Randall S. Thomas (Vanderbilt).