Monday, May 28, 2007

On May 28, ...

... 2007 (today), Americans mark Memorial Day. It seems women started the event in the course of the Civil War, and it was women, the American World War I volunteer Moina Michael and a Frenchwoman, Mme Guérin, who started the tradition of wearing poppies (in Europe and Canada this is done only on November 11, Armistice Day). Today, look for the somber listing of recent war dead in Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury (this week and next -- the list exceeds a single strip), and honor your loved ones.
... 1503 Pope Alexander VI issued a bull confirming, on the occasion of the marriage of King James IV and Margaret Tudor, a Treaty of Everlasting Peace between Scotland and England. It lasted 10 years.

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