HISTORY PORN: Today in History … October 29

The following events occurred on this day in history … to succeed in the future; we must learn from the past. Today is October 29the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.

There are 63 days remaining until the end of the year.

  • 312 – Constantine the Great enters Rome after his victory at the Milvian Bridge, stages a grand adventus in the city, and is met with popular jubilation. Maxentius’ body is fished out of the Tiber and beheaded. 
  • 437 – Valentinian III, Western Roman Emperor, marries Licinia Eudoxia, daughter of his cousin Theodosius II, Eastern Roman Emperor in Constantinople unifying the two branches of the House of Theodosius.
  • 969 – Byzantine troops occupy Antioch Syria.
  • 1268 – Conradin, the last legitimate male heir of the Hohenstaufen dynasty of Kings of Germany and Holy Roman Emperors, is executed along with his companion Frederick I, Margrave of Baden by Charles I of Sicily, a political rival and ally to the hostile Roman Catholic Church.
  • 1390 – First trial for witchcraft in Paris leading to the death of three people.
  • 1422 – Charles VII of France becomes king in succession to his father Charles VI of France though he isn’t officially crowned king until 1429.
  • 1467 – Battle of Brustem: Charles the Bold defeats Liège.
  • 1611 – Russian homage to the King of Poland, Sigismund III Vasa.
  • 1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 
  • 1658 – Battle of the Sound.
  • 1665 – Battle of Ambuila, in which Portuguese forces defeat the forces of the Kingdom of Kongo and decapitated king António I of Kongo, also called Nvita a Nkanga.
  • 1675 – Leibniz makes the first use of the long s (∫) as a symbol of the integral in calculus.
  • 1787 – Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague. 
  • 1792 – Mount Hood (Oregon) is named after the British naval officer Alexander Arthur Hood by Lt. William E. Broughton who spotted the mountain near the mouth of the Willamette River .

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HISTORY PORN: Today in History … October 27

The following events occurred on this day in history … to succeed in the future; we must learn from the past. Today is October 27the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.

There are 65 days remaining until the end of the year and just 58 days until Christmas.

  • 312 – Constantine the Great is said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross. 
  • 710 – Saracen invasion of Sardinia.
  • 939 – Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England.
  • 1275 – Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.
  • 1524 – Italian Wars: The French troops lay siege to Pavia.
  • 1553 – Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus is burned at the stake just outside Geneva. 
  • 1644 – Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.
  • 1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is founded. 
  • 1795 – The United States and Spain sign the Treaty of Madrid, which establishes the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.
  • 1806 – The French Army enters Berlin, following the Battle of Jena.
  • 1810 – United States annexes the former Spanish colony of West Florida.

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HISTORY PORN: Today in History … October 8

The following events occurred on this day in history … to succeed in the future; we must learn from the past. Today is October 8, the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.

There are 84 days remaining until the end of the year and 77 days until Christmas.

  • 314 – Roman Emperor Licinius is defeated by his colleague Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, and loses his European territories. 
  • 451 – At Chalcedon, a city of Bithynia in Asia Minor, the first session of the Council of Chalcedon begins (ends on November 1).
  • 1075 – Dmitar Zvonimir is crowned King of Croatia. 
  • 1200 – Isabella of Angoulême is crowned Queen consort of England.
  • 1322 – Mladen II Šubić of Bribir, defeated in the battle of Bliska, is arrested by the Parliament. 
  • 1480 – Great standing on the Ugra river, a standoff between the forces of Akhmat Khan, Khan of the Great Horde, and the Grand Duke Ivan III of Russia, which results in the retreat of the Tataro-Mongols and the eventual disintegration of the Horde.
  • 1573 – End of the Spanish siege of Alkmaar, the first Dutch victory in Eighty Years War.
  • 1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1600 – San Marino adopts its written constitution. 
  • 1645 – Jeanne Mance opened the Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal, the first lay hospital in North America.
  • 1806 – Napoleonic Wars: Forces of the British Empire lay siege to the port of Boulogne in France by using Congreve rockets, invented by Sir William Congreve.

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So are you a Sig or do you belong to a different organization?
Anonymous

"A Sig I am, a Sig I’ll be, a Sig through all eternity…"

I'm thinking about rushing EX for Spring 2014. Yes or no? Do you have to look like a frat bro to join a frat?
Anonymous

Rushing Sigma Chi is one of the best decisions a guy could make. Reasons to join include:

  • Lifelong friendships. Brothers of our chapter form lifelong bonds with a diverse group of talented peers.
  • Social opportunities. We provide ample opportunities for socialization both within the Harvard community and with students from schools all across the Boston area.
  • Community service. Our chapter is dedicated to improving the surrounding community. We hold an annual community service drive called Derby Days that benefits theChildren’s Miracle Network. In addition, brothers volunteer at soup kitchens, help out at homeless shelters, run for charity in the Boston Marathon, and participate in Relay for Life.
  • International connections. Sigma Chi is an international fraternity, with more than 200 chapters across the United States and Canada.
  • Alumni network. Past brothers have gone on to become CEOs, distinguished professors, high-ranking government officials, reknowned doctors, and Hollywood actors. They will help guide you through college and beyond.

Brothers are judged and expected to live-up to the Jordan standard and we admit no man to membership who is not judged to be:

  • A man of good character
  • A student of fair ability
  • With ambitious purposes
  • A congenial disposition
  • Possessed of good morals
  • Having a high sense of honor and
  • A deep sense of personal responsibility

At Sigma Chi, brothers come from all across the globe and from all walks of life. For me, most importantly, we do not discriminate based on ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status.

Finally, this:

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HISTORY PORN: Today in History … September 19

The following events occurred on this day in history … to succeed in the future; we must learn from the past. Today is September 19, the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.

There are 103 days remaining until the end of the year.

  • 335 – Flavius Dalmatius is raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle, Emperor Constantine I. IHSV 
  • 634 – Siege of Damascus: The Rashidun Arabs under Khalid ibn al-Walid capture Damascus from the Byzantine Empire. 
  • 1356 – Battle of Poitiers: An English army under the command of Edward, the Black Prince defeats a French army and captures the French king, John II. 
  • 1676 – Jamestown is burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacon’s Rebellion. 
  • 1692 – Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials. 
  • 1777 – American Revolutionary War: British forces win a tactically expensive victory over the Continental Army in the First Battle of Saratoga.
  • 1778 – The Continental Congress passes the first United States federal budget.
  • 1796 – George Washington’s Farewell Address is printed across America as an open letter to the public. 
  • 1799 – French Revolutionary Wars: French-Dutch victory against the Russians and British in the Battle of Bergen.

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whatilikebyjmh:

fraternallyidaho:

drew616:

First off: I love my brother Adam and his ability to wear his identities like he wears his letters.
Second: Apparently, this pic of my fraternity brother Adam getting pied by his then bf is unsettling to some members of the Greek Community (Greek as in fraternities and sororities, not the Mediterranean country). This pic was submitted to fuckyeahgaycouples.tumblr.com by Adam, to many positive comments and likes. Below is a(n anonymous) complaint asking FYGCs to remove the post, followed by the response from my brother. FYGC still has the pic up, to which I thank them.
Anonymous asked: This is a request via a National Fraternity Headquarters. The photograph that is posted of the gentleman in his Greek lettered jersey is in clear violation of our P&P and request that your remove it from your website immediately. Thank you. Post - 49737542774

Editor’s Note: After receiving this, I immediately went to the the individual who submitted the picture and asked him how he wanted to procede. He asked me to keep the photo up and publish his response : 

“In my life I have multiple identities that intersect. In this case my identities as a fraternity man and a gay man are intersecting but know that I am one person and can not split my identities. These identities will be entangled for the rest of my life because I am a life long brother and gay. Also with your statement about going against a law I would have to let you know that both my fraternities international headquarters and the NIC (National Interfraternity Council) have non-discrimination clause that state that a brother will not be treated differently due to their sexuality. I will also push the person who wrote this and anyone to critically look at themselves and ask would this have been treated any differently if it was a straight fraternity man and his girlfriend? Lastly, if you have anything else to say feel free to contact me on my tumblr or my email”
Adam’s response is spot on in every sense, and his statements about membership discrimination are accurate. As a founding member of the chapter that Adam is also a member, and the chapter’s current alumni advisor (‘BB’ for all of those Delta Chi’s reading), I stand by and support Adam and all of my brothers to wear their letters no matter who they are or how they identify. Our chapter members love and support each other, and we support all Greeks to be who they are and proudly wear their letters, be they Delta Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma or Kappa Alpha Psi (just pulling organizations out of my mind). I understand that not everyone is up to date on this whole gay thing, but seriously, it’s 2013. If you’re Greek (active member or alumni) and you still think your chapter or organization is 100% heterosexual and cisgender, you’re actively working to ignore reality.
Feel free to come at me with hate on this issue, you’ll lose.

I’m a proud fraternity man and so glad that this is out there. This blows all the stigmas of Greeks out of the water. I took my boyfriend on our year-end campout with me and no one cared, he sat on my lap, he met all my brothers… it was awesome.

The Spirit of Sigma Chi (Public Document)
“The Spirit of Sigma Chi, as conceived by the Founders more than 155 years ago yet visible and alive today, is based on the theory that …
… Friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal, …… and possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions …… is superior to friendship among members having the same temperaments, talents, and convictions; and that …… Genuine friendship can be maintained without surrendering the principle of individuality or sacrificing one’s personal judgment.”
I am a proud active member of Sigma Chi, Marine Corp veteran, and gay man. In a story very similar to fraternallyidaho My chapter just had our Spring Formal and I brought my boyfriend as my date. He was welcomed by all of my brothers, including the chapter advisor, and their dates. Earlier in the year, the LBGTI center went in front of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC) to ask if the Greek Community on campus if they had active gay brothers and Sigma Chi stood proudly and told them that not only do they have a gay brother but they are welcoming to all men. 
I am not knocking any other Greek organization but you are right drew616, it is 2013, and we as a whole are making progress. :)
And to Adam, I am so sorry that you are receiving BS from people and know that even though we are not in the same Fraternity, I have your back.
-Mitch

…i strongly stand with my Greek Fraternity brothers … of all different temperaments, talents and convictions.

whatilikebyjmh:

fraternallyidaho:

drew616:

First off: I love my brother Adam and his ability to wear his identities like he wears his letters.

Second: Apparently, this pic of my fraternity brother Adam getting pied by his then bf is unsettling to some members of the Greek Community (Greek as in fraternities and sororities, not the Mediterranean country). This pic was submitted to fuckyeahgaycouples.tumblr.com by Adam, to many positive comments and likes. Below is a(n anonymous) complaint asking FYGCs to remove the post, followed by the response from my brother. FYGC still has the pic up, to which I thank them.

Anonymous asked: This is a request via a National Fraternity Headquarters. The photograph that is posted of the gentleman in his Greek lettered jersey is in clear violation of our P&P and request that your remove it from your website immediately. Thank you. Post - 49737542774

Editor’s Note: After receiving this, I immediately went to the the individual who submitted the picture and asked him how he wanted to procede. He asked me to keep the photo up and publish his response : 

“In my life I have multiple identities that intersect. In this case my identities as a fraternity man and a gay man are intersecting but know that I am one person and can not split my identities. These identities will be entangled for the rest of my life because I am a life long brother and gay. Also with your statement about going against a law I would have to let you know that both my fraternities international headquarters and the NIC (National Interfraternity Council) have non-discrimination clause that state that a brother will not be treated differently due to their sexuality. I will also push the person who wrote this and anyone to critically look at themselves and ask would this have been treated any differently if it was a straight fraternity man and his girlfriend? Lastly, if you have anything else to say feel free to contact me on my tumblr or my email”

Adam’s response is spot on in every sense, and his statements about membership discrimination are accurate. As a founding member of the chapter that Adam is also a member, and the chapter’s current alumni advisor (‘BB’ for all of those Delta Chi’s reading), I stand by and support Adam and all of my brothers to wear their letters no matter who they are or how they identify. Our chapter members love and support each other, and we support all Greeks to be who they are and proudly wear their letters, be they Delta Chi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Sigma or Kappa Alpha Psi (just pulling organizations out of my mind). I understand that not everyone is up to date on this whole gay thing, but seriously, it’s 2013. If you’re Greek (active member or alumni) and you still think your chapter or organization is 100% heterosexual and cisgender, you’re actively working to ignore reality.

Feel free to come at me with hate on this issue, you’ll lose.

I’m a proud fraternity man and so glad that this is out there. This blows all the stigmas of Greeks out of the water. I took my boyfriend on our year-end campout with me and no one cared, he sat on my lap, he met all my brothers… it was awesome.

The Spirit of Sigma Chi (Public Document)

“The Spirit of Sigma Chi, as conceived by the Founders more than 155 years ago yet visible and alive today, is based on the theory that …

… Friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal, …
… and possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions …
… is superior to friendship among members having the same temperaments, talents, and convictions; and that …
… Genuine friendship can be maintained without surrendering the principle of individuality or sacrificing one’s personal judgment.”

I am a proud active member of Sigma Chi, Marine Corp veteran, and gay man. In a story very similar to fraternallyidaho My chapter just had our Spring Formal and I brought my boyfriend as my date. He was welcomed by all of my brothers, including the chapter advisor, and their dates. Earlier in the year, the LBGTI center went in front of the Inter-Fraternal Council (IFC) to ask if the Greek Community on campus if they had active gay brothers and Sigma Chi stood proudly and told them that not only do they have a gay brother but they are welcoming to all men. 

I am not knocking any other Greek organization but you are right drew616, it is 2013, and we as a whole are making progress. :)

And to Adam, I am so sorry that you are receiving BS from people and know that even though we are not in the same Fraternity, I have your back.

-Mitch

…i strongly stand with my Greek Fraternity brothers … of all different temperaments, talents and convictions.

(Source: smokeboner)

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