History of the Week: 15th Amendment, Dickens, Kościuszko, Reagan, Queen of Scots, Sherman, Confederacy, Guadalcanal, Washington Elected, &More

Mark Twain once said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.” The same vices and virtues and conflicts and debates continually resurface throughout human history. For that reason, we should study history and learn from it.

February 3

1468 – German inventor Johannes Gutenberg, famous for his history-changing printing press, dies.

1809 – German composer Felix Mendelssohn is born.

1870 – The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing black Americans the right to vote (as they originally had done when the Constitution was first ratified). No Democrats in the Senate had voted for the Amendment, as the party was committed to racial oppression and segregation; it was Congressional Republicans who voted for the Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. Republican President U.S. Grant had made the 15th Amendment a central goal of his administration.

1943 – U.S. transport ship USAT Dorchester, headed for Greenland, is struck by torpedoes from a German U-boat and sinks during WWII. The famous “Four Chaplains” went down with the ship.

February 4

960 – Zhao Kuangyin becomes the first emperor of China’s Song Dynasty.

1746 – Tadeusz Kościuszko is born in Poland. He famously fought with the American Patriots during the Revolution, and later returned to Poland and fought unsuccessfully for freedom from the Russians.

1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected the first President of the United States of America by the assembled electors. John Adams is elected as his Vice President.

February 5

1597 – The 26 Martyrs of Nagasaki, led by Paul Miki and including children as young as 12, are martyred in Japan.

1885 – King Leopold II of Belgium makes Congo his personal possession.

February 6

1895 – Future legendary American baseball player George “Babe” Ruth is born.

1911 – Ronald Reagan, later a popular actor and one of the greatest U.S. presidents (whose accomplishments included kneecapping the Soviet Union), is born.

February 7

457 – Thracian soldier Leo I is proclaimed Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Emperor.

1478 – St. Thomas More is born in England.

1812 – British novelist Charles Dickens is born. His novels are among the most popular and influential works in the English language.

February 8

1587 – Mary Queen of Scots is unjustly beheaded by her cousin Elizabeth, to whom Mary had turned for sanctuary, as the culmination of the struggle between the Catholic Stuarts (Mary) ousted from Scotland and the Protestant Tudors (Elizabeth) ruling England.

1820 – William Tecumseh Sherman is born. One of the greatest generals of the American Civil War.

1861 – Seven states adopt a Constitution for a provisional government of the Confederate States of America in an open act of treachery against the U.S., and explicitly to preserve slavery.

February 9

1267 – The Synod of Breslau (Silesia) enforces various harsh restrictions against Jews.

1667 – The Treaty of Andrussovo ends the Thirteen Years’ War with Poland and Russia dividing control of Ukraine.

1825 – The U.S. House of Representatives declares John Quincy Adams the winner of the presidential election over Democrat Andrew Jackson.

1881 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov, dies.

1943 – The Japanese evacuate Guadalcanal in a victory for the Americans/Allies during WWII.

1950 – Sen. Joseph McCarthy (correctly) says the U.S. State Department is infested with Communists.

February 10

1098 – Reported date on which the Crusaders won a victory over Prince Redwan of Aleppo at Antioch.

1676 – During King Philip’s War, the “The Lancaster settlement was attacked by Narragansett, Nipmuc, and Wampanoag warriors.”

1846 – The Battle of Sobraon, the last battle of the First Sikh War, ends with the Indian state of Punjab coming under British control.

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Catherine Salgado is a columnist for The Rogue Review, a Writer for MRC Free Speech America, and writes her own Substack, Pro Deo et Libertate. She received the Andrew Breitbart MVP award for August 2021 from The Rogue Review for her journalism.

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