Roger Michelson’s Today In History (3/7/2013)

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius (Photo credit: BartMertens)

In 161, Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (Marcus Aurelius) became emperor of Rome.

In 1644, Massachusetts established the first bicameral legislature in North America.
French Revolutionary Wars:    In 1793, France declared war on Spain. Early in 1793 Austria, Prussia, Spain, the United Provinces, and Great Britain formed the first of seven coalitions that would oppose France over the next 23 years. In response to reverses at the hands of the First Coalition, the Revolutionary government declared a levy en masse, by which all Frenchmen were placed at the disposal of the army. By that means unprecedentedly large armies were raised and put in the field during this period.
In 1850, Senator Daniel Webster orated for three hours on the Senate floor, endorsing the Compromise of 1850. The important sections of the omnibus bill called for the admission of California as a free state, the organization of the territories of New Mexico and Utah with the slavery question left open, settlement of the Texas–New Mexico boundary dispute, a more rigorous provision for the return of runaway slaves, and the prohibition of the slave trade in the District of Columbia.
Regards, Roger Mickelson
“Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.” Marvin Simkin
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