[Daily article] February 21: Djedkare Isesi

Djedkare Isesi was an Ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the eighth ruler of the
Fifth Dynasty in the late 25th century to mid 24th century BCE, during
the Old Kingdom period. He likely enjoyed a long reign of over 40 years,
which heralded a new period in the history of the Old Kingdom. Breaking
with a tradition followed by his predecessors since the time of Userkaf,
Djedkare did not build a temple to the sun god Ra, possibly reflecting
the rise of Osiris in the Egyptian pantheon. More significantly,
Djedkare effected comprehensive reforms of the Egyptian state
administration, the first undertaken since the inception of the system
of ranking titles. He also reorganised the funerary cults of his
forebears buried in the necropolis of Abusir and reformed the
corresponding priesthood. Djedkare commissioned expeditions to Sinai to
procure copper and turquoise, to Nubia for its gold and diorite and to
the Land of Punt for its incense. One such expedition had what could be
the earliest recorded instance of oracular divination that aimed to
ensure an expedition’s success.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:


Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, was granted
resignation by Pope Innocent IV after having confessed to torture and


The inaugural issue of the Cherokee Phoenix, the first
newspaper in a Native American language, was published.


The Constituent Assembly of Georgia adopted the nation’s first
constitution, shortly before being overthrown by the Soviet Union.


Edwin H. Land demonstrated the use of the first instant camera
to the Optical Society of America.


Protesters in Dhaka, East Pakistan, walked into military
crossfire demanding the establishment of Bengali as an official

Wiktionary’s word of the day:

A tropical hardwood tree, Manilkara bidentata.

Wikiquote quote of the day:

  All of us, can do so much more together than any one person can do
alone. And I hope that thought bolsters you as much as it does me.
–Ellen Page

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