Today in History – January 24

Today in History – January 24

Gaius Caesar Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel despotism, is assassinated by his disgruntled Praetorian Guards. Claudius succeeds his nephew

The Council of Basel suspends Pope Eugene IV as Prelate of Ethiopia, arrives at Massawa from Goa

King Charles II Albert becomes Holy Roman Emperor

Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga

Mississippi College is founded in Clinton, becoming the first college in the state of Mississippi

California Gold Rush: James W. Marshall finds gold at Sutter’s Mill near Sacramento

The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia

Political union of Moldavia and Wallachia; Alexandru Ioan Cuza is elected as ruler

Bucharest proclaimed capital of Romania

The revolutionary Vera Zasulich shoots at Fyodor Trepov, the Governor of Saint Petersburg

In Brushaber v. Union Pacific Railroad, the Supreme Court of the United States declares the federal income tax constitutional

The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People’s Commissars effective from February 14

Petrograd, formerly Saint Petersbourg, Russia , is renamed Leningrad

World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill conclude a conference in Casablanca

Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada

A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. One weapon nearly detonates; it’s uranium core is still lost

An Air India Boeing 707 jet crashes on Mont Blanc, on the border between France and Italy, killing 117

Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II

Massacre of Atocha in Madrid, during the Spanish transition to democracy

Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor onboard, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered

The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale

Voyager 2 passes within 81,500 km of Uranus

Turkish journalist and writer Ugur Mumcu is assassinated by a car bomb in Ankara

Polish Premier Jozef Oleksy resigns amid chargers that he spied for Moscow

American journalist Daniel Pearl is kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan

The United States Department of Homeland Security officially begins operation

Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunication of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Today in History – January 22

Today in History – January 22


Eutychius is deposed as Patriarch of Constantinople by John Scholasticus


The first contingent of 150 Swiss Guards arrives at the Vatican


Emperor Charles V opens the Diet of Worms


Spain cedes Port Egmont in the Falkland Island to England


Ashantis defeat British forces in the Gold Coast


Arthur Tooth, an Anglican clergyman is taken into custody after being prosecuted for using ritualistic practices.


Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Isandlwana – Zulu troops defeat British troops


Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C.


The United Mine Workers of America was founded in Columbus Ohio


Leaders of six Australian colonies meet in Melbourne to discuss confederation


Edward VII is proclaimed King after the death of his mother, Queen Victoria


Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg, beginning of the 1905 revolution


SS Valencia runs aground on rocks on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Killing more than 130


World War I: President Woodrow Wilson calls for peace without victory in Europe


Act Zluky is signed, unifying the Ukrainian People’s Republic  and the West Ukrainian National Republic


Ramsay MacDonald becomes the first Labour Prime Minister of the United Kingdom


First live radio commentary of football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury


Sir Isaac Isaacs is sworn in as the first Australian born Governor General of Australia


World War II: British and Commonwealth troops capture Tobruk from Italian forces during Operation Compass.


World War II: The Allies commence Operation Shingle which was an assault on Anzio, Italy



Creation of the “Central Intelligence Group”, forerunner of the Central Intelligence Agency


KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begin operation in Hollywood, California


The first Jet airline, the Havilland Comet, enters service for BOAC


Israel withdraws from the Sinai Peninsula


Knox Mine Disaster: Water breaches the River Slope Mine near Pittston CIty, Pennsylvania in Port Griffith; 12 miners are killed


The Organization of American States suspends Cuba’s membership


The Elysee treaty of cooperation between France and Germany is signed by Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer


Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space


The Supreme Court of the United States delivers its decision in Roe vs Wade, legalizing elective abortion in all fifty states


The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984” television commercial


Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer shoots and kills himself at a press conference on the live national television, leading to debates on boundaries in journalism


Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988Internet Computer worm


Gulf War: Three SCUDs and one Patriot missile hit Ramat Gan in Israel injuring 96 people. Three elderly people die of heart attacks


Space Shuttle program: STS – 42 Mission – Dr. Roberta Bondar becomes the first Canadian Women in space


Israeli – Palestinian conflict: Beit Lid massacre – In central Israel, near Netanya, two suicide bomber from the Gaza Strip blow themselves up at a military transit point killing 19 Israelis


Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons are burned alive by radical Hindus while sleeping in their car in Eastern India


Kmart Corp becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection


Explosion killed 3 coal miners in the Mcelroy mine near Graysville in Marshall County, West Virginia


Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president


The jury portion of the trial against Robert Pickton, accused of being Canada’s worst serial killer, opens in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada

The Composition Engine

The Composition Engine at Nuit Blanche

Musicians and readers are situated throughout the building using the light switched located nearby, turn them on and off to create a unique and unrepeatable soundscape.

Created by Peter Drobac and Maggie Helwig.

A Lucian Film Production

Oh Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me

Oh Sleep Why Dost Thou Leave Me by GF Handel from the opera Semele
Soprano: Mikhai Louise Vergara
Piano: Ivan Jovanovic
Audio: Anthony Savidge
a Lucian Film Production

Heyr Himna Smiður – A Capella

Composed by Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938-2013)
Words by Kolbeinn Tumason (1173-1208)
Anthony Savidge – Bass
Mikolaj Debowski – Tenor
Emma Rowlandson-O’Hara – Alto
Mikhai Vergara – Soprano

Video: Lucian Film –



Heyr, himna smiður,
hvers skáldið biður.
Komi mjúk til mín
miskunnin þín.
Því heit eg á þig,
þú hefur skaptan mig.
Eg er þrællinn þinn,
þú ert drottinn minn.

Guð, heit eg á þig,
að þú græðir mig.
Minnst þú, mildingur, mín,
mest þurfum þín.
Ryð þú, röðla gramur,
ríklyndur og framur,
hölds hverri sorg
úr hjartaborg.

Gæt þú, mildingur, mín,
mest þurfum þín,
helzt hverja stund
á hölda grund.
Send þú, meyjar mögur,
málsefnin fögur,
öll er hjálp af þér,
í hjarta mér.

Hear, smith of heavens.
The poet seeketh.
In thy still small voice
Mayest thou show grace.
As I call on thee,
Thou my creator.
I am thy servant,
Thou art my true Lord.

God, I call on thee;
For thee to heal me.
Bid me, prince of peace,
Thou my supreme need.
Ever I need thee,
Generous and great,
O’er all human woe,
City of thy heart.

Guard me, my savior.
Ever I need thee,
Through ev’ry moment
In this world so wide.
Virgin–born, send me
Noble motives now.
Aid cometh from thee,
To my deepest heart.

We have time

We have time for everything: to sleep, to run from one place to another, to regret having mistaken and to mistake again,to judge the others and to forgive ourselves. We have time for reading and writing, for making corrections to our texts, to regret ever having written, we have time to make projects and never respect them, we have time to make illusions and gamble through their ashes later on. We have time for ambitions and illnesses, to blame it all on ambitions and details, we have time to watch the clouds, advertisements or some ordinary accident, we have time to chase our wonders away and to postpone the answers, we have time to break a dream to pieces and then to reinvent it, we have time to make friends, lose them, we have time to learn our lessons and then forget them quickly afterwards, we have time to be given gifts and not understand them. We have time for them all.
But there is no time for just a drop of tenderness. When we are about to get to that too – we die.

I have learned some things during my lifetime, experiences that I am now sharing with you!
I have learned that you cannot make somebody love you; All you can do is be the beloved one. Everything else… depends on the others.
I have learned that, no matter how much I might care, others might not care at all. I have learned that it could take years to earn somebody’s confidence and only a few seconds to lose it. I have learned that it is not what you have in life, but who is there for you to have. I have learned that charms could be of use for only about 15 minutes, afterwards, nevertheless, you had better know something. I have learned that you should never compare yourself to what others can do better than you,
but you what you can do yourself. I have learned that what happens to the others is not as import as what I can do to help. I have learned that in whatever you might cut things, they will always turn out to have two sides. I have learned that when you have to depart from your dearest ones, you should do it with the warmest words, it could be the last time you see them. I have learned that you could carry on for a long time after stating you cannot take it any longer. I have learned that heroes are those who do what is right, when the ought to, regardless of the consequences. I have that there are people who love you but do not know how to show it. I have learned that when I am upset I have the right to be so but I do not have the right to be mean as well. I have learned that true friendship continues to exist even when great distances are involved and that goes for true love too. I have learned that, if somebody does not love you
the way you might want to be loved, it does not mean they do not love you with all their heart. I have learned that no matter how good a friend might be to you, they will inevitably hurt you from time to time and you will have to forgive. I have learned that it is not always enough to be
forgiven by others, sometimes you must learn how to forgive
your own self. I have learned that, regardless of how much you might suffer, the world will never cease running because of your pain. I have learned that the past and circumstances could alter your personality, but it is certainly you to be held responsible for what you become. I have learned that, if two people argue, it does not mean they do not love each other, as well as their not arguing would not prove that they subsequently are in love. I have learned that you should sometimes put the person in the first place and not their deeds. I have learned that two persons could be watching the very same thing and perceive two totally different meanings. I have learned that, in spite of any consequences, those who are fair and honest with themselves reach higher peaks in life. I have learned that one’s life could be changed in only a few hours time by people who might have never even known them. I have learned that when you believe there is nothing more you could offer, you will always find the strength to help a friend who is in need. I have learned that writing, just like speaking, could soothe your inner pain. I have learned that the ones you hold dearest are taken away from you far too soon… I have learned that it is far too difficult to realize where to draw the borders between kindness, not hurting the others and firmly sustaining your ideas.
I have learned to love in order to be loved in my turn.

by Octavian Paler