Thursday, March 6, 2008

Today in History: March 6

  • 1046 Afghani Nasir Khusraw begins the diary of his 7 year hajj, detailing his travels and general life throughout the Middle East.
  • 1475 Italian Renaissance Man Michelangelo born.
  • 1836 Battle of the Alamo ends, in San Antonio; Mexican first-time-dictator General Santa Anna murders the surviving soldiers.
  • 1857 SCOTUS decides Dred Scott Case; negroes cannot be U.S. citizens, and that Congress cannot prohibit slavery in the federal territories; leads to the Civil War.
  • 1869 Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev publishes "The Dependence between the Properties of the Atomic Weights of the Elements" describing the Periodic Table.
  • 1898 French archaeologist Claude Schaeffer born; excavated the multiple layers of ancient Mediterranean Sea port city Ugarit which lasted from before 6,000 BC (near the dawn of civilization) to 1,200 BC; found several libraries of cuneiform tablets containing mythologies, poetry, contracts, treaties, and letters.
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