[Daily article] January 28: Shepseskare

Shepseskare (Egyptian for “Noble is the Soul of Ra”) was an Ancient
Egyptian pharaoh, the fourth or fifth ruler of the Fifth Dynasty
(2494–2345 BC) during the Old Kingdom period. He lived in the mid-25th
century BC, and was probably the owner of an unfinished pyramid platform
in Abusir that was abandoned after a few weeks of work in the earliest
stages of its construction. Very few artefacts are attributable to this
most obscure ruler of the dynasty, and historians disagree on whether he
reigned for a few months or for as long as seven years, between the
reigns of Neferirkare Kakai and Neferefre. Shepseskare’s relations to
his predecessor and successor are not known for certain. The
Egyptologist Miroslav Verner, who favours the shorter reign, has
proposed that he was a son of Sahure and a brother to Neferirkare Kakai,
who briefly seized the throne following the premature death of his
predecessor and probable nephew, Neferefre. Shepseskare may himself have
died unexpectedly or he may have lost the throne to another of his
nephews, the future pharaoh Nyuserre Ini.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Nine-year-old Edward VI became the first Protestant ruler of
England, during whose reign Protestantism was established for the first
time in the country with reforms that included the abolition of clerical
celibacy and the mass.


Horace Walpole coined the word “serendipity” in a letter he
wrote to a friend, saying that he derived the term from the Persian
fairy tale The Three Princes of Serendip.


Choudhry Rahmat Ali published a pamphlet entitled “Now or
Never” in which he called for the creation of a Muslim state in
northwest India that he termed “Pakstan”.


The Danish toy company Lego Group patented their design of Lego


Tropical Storm Domoina made landfall in southern Mozambique,
causing some of the most severe flooding recorded in the region.

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

A self-propelled deep-sea diving submersible for exploring the ocean
depths, consisting of a crew cabin similar to a bathysphere suspended
below a float filled with a buoyant liquid such as petrol.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Everything that divides men, everything that specified, separates
or pens them, is a sin against humanity.  
–José Martí

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