Thursday, March 27, 2008

On this day

On March 27, ...
... 47 B.C., Cleopatra VII was put back in power in Egypt with the aid of Roman consul Julius Caesar. At age 17 she had become co-regent, along with the 10-year-old brother, on the death in 51 B.C. of their father. Cleopatra, depicted on the coin at left, committed suicide in 30 B.C.
... 1898 (110 years ago today), Russia obtained from China a 25-year lease for the fortress of Port Arthur in Manchuria, thus thwarting Japan's effort to obtain control over this "strongest position in eastenr Asia" by means of a treaty of cession that it and China had entered 3 years earlier. Within 6 years a battle at Port Arthur touched off the Russo-Japanese War, won by Japan in 1904.

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