Friday, March 28, 2008

Today in History: March 28

  • 193 Roman Emperor, of 87 days, Pertinax is assassinated by the Praetorian Guard over the size of their bribes, who then auction off the Emperorship to the highest bidder. Pertinax was actually trying to rehabilitate Rome. The previous Emperor Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, had also been assassinated. Pertinax was the first in Year of the Five Emperors -- a busy time for knives.
  • 1802 German astronomer Heinrich Olbers discovers the second asteroid, naming it Pallas.
  • 1928 German-French mathematician Alexander Grothendieck born; 1966 Fields Medal, for advances in algebraic geometry.
  • 1930 Turkish Constantinople and Angora, the capital, change their names to Istanbul and Ankara. (In case you wanted to know.)
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