Roger Mickelson’s History Today (5/25/13)

In 1787, the Constitutional Convention opened in Philadelphia, where 55 state delegates, initially charged with amending the Articles of Confederation, later drafted the Constitution of the United States.
    Typical government committee trick: tasked to revise an existing document, but creating a completely new document that probably wouldn’t work.            Oh, wait, it’s still working!
In 1810, the municipal council of Buenos Aires, Argentina, established an autonomous government, having severed ties with Spain and the viceregal government. The vast distance separating Buenos Aires from other centers of population in the viceroyalty left the city with only sporadic contact with the administrative authority of the crown. Gradually, the city evolved its own way of life, based on extensive ranching and contraband trade, while the rest of the viceroyalty was focused to one degree or another on the mining enterprises of the Andean region, called Upper Peru (modern Bolivia).
In 1935, George Herman (Babe) Ruth hit his 714th (and final) home run of his career.
Also in 1935, American track-and-field standout Jesse Owens set three world records and equaled one other at a meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
In 1946, ʿAbdullāh proclaimed himself king of Transjordan (present-day Jordan). A new constitution was promulgated, and in 1949 the name of the state was changed to the Hāshimite Kingdom of Jordan.
In 1963, the Organization of African Unity was founded in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It’s activities included diplomacy (especially in support of African liberation movements), mediation of boundary conflicts and regional and civil wars, and research in economics and communications. The OAU maintained the “Africa group” at the United Nations (UN) through which many of its efforts at international coordination were channeled. The OAU was instrumental in bringing about the joint cooperation of African states in the work of the Group of 77, which acts as a caucus of developing nations within the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The principal organ of the OAU was the annual assembly of heads of state and government. Between these summit conferences, policy decisions were in the hands of a council of ministers, composed of foreign ministers of member states. It became the African Union in 2002.
Flag of Organization for African Unity

Flag of Organization for African Unity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
“Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.”        Julius Caesar
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