On This Day....
Friday, May 11, 2007
Byzantium was renamed Nova Roma (New Rome) but everyone calls it Constantinople. (Even Old New York was once New Amsterdam. Why they changed it, I can't say, maybe they liked it better that way!)

Luxembourg won independence and becomes the smallest European country. (Less than 1000 sq. miles of industrial development and French speaking Germans. A secular government that doesn't even allow you to ask what religion others are, yet recognized certain religions in certain regions as state-sanctioned. They are a monarchy, and the royal family's official photograph involves Levi's. Luxembourg, you schizo little nugget of contrasts, you!)

The royal family of the Grand Duchy (© SIP/Lola Velasco)

Israel joined the United Nations. (Just another reason why I'm an amillennialist. It's been two generations already!)Irving Berlin was born. (He could barely play the piano and had a machine to transcribe his music, but managed to win an Oscar for composing and wrote "God Bless America". This really is the land of opportunity!)

Salvador Dali was born. (Even Wikipedia has spin, reporting that he "reverted to Catholi
cism", from what, it is unclear, but his buddies were Marxists.)

My sister was born!

Happy Birthday!

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