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St. Dacius: Feastday: January 14


St. Dacius

Image of St. Dacius

Facts

Feastday: January 14

Death: 552

Bishop of Milan, Italy, probably from 530, exiled by the Arian Ostrogoths. When Milan was attacked by the Goths, General Belisarius of Constantinople, failed to aid the city. It is believed that Datius was taken prisoner for a time but was freed by his friend Cassiodorus. He went to Constantinople to support Pope Vigilius against Emperor Justinian in the Three Chapter Controversy of 545 . He probably died there.

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today’s birthday: Leon Trotsky (1879)


Leon Trotsky (1879)

Trotsky was a Russian Communist revolutionary whose ideas form the basis of Trotskyism, a Communist ideology based on the theory of worldwide revolution. He was a key figure in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and organized the Red Army in the civil war that followed. After a power struggle with Joseph Stalin in the 1920s, Trotsky was exiled from the USSR. In 1940, he was assassinated in Mexico by a Spanish Communist with alleged ties to Stalin. From whom did he borrow the name “Trotsky”? More… Discuss

The Fabergé Eggs


The Fabergé Eggs

The Fabergé eggs were 50 jeweled “Easter eggs” created for the Russian tsars by famed jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. Tsar Alexander III commissioned the first egg as an Easter surprise for his wife, Maria Fedorovna. The tsarina was so delighted with the gift that Alexander established Fabergé as the Imperial Goldsmith and requested an egg each year thereafter, stipulating only that it contain a surprise. Nicholas II continued the tradition. Where are the eggs today? More… Discuss

Rasputin


Rasputin

Rasputin was a notorious figure in the court of Czar Nicholas II due to his magnetic personality and relative success in treating the czarevitch’s hemophilia. His appointees filled high positions, and those who opposed him were dismissed. A semiliterate peasant, Rasputin gained a reputation as a holy man, preaching a doctrine of salvation that mixed religious fervor with sexual indulgence. In 1916, a group of right-wing patriots plotted to kill him. What happened when they tried to poison him? More… Discuss