[Daily article] March 1: Sheshi

Sheshi was a ruler of parts of Ancient Egypt sometime between 1800 and
1550 BC, near the end of the Middle Kingdom or during the Second
Intermediate Period. Based on the archaeological evidence, he is the
best attested king in this timeframe; hundreds of scaraboid seals
bearing his name have been found as far away as Carthage and throughout
Canaan, Egypt, and Nubia. Nevertheless, historians cannot pin down basic
facts about this ruler, such as his dynasty or the duration and extent
of his reign. Three competing hypotheses have been put forth: he may
have been Salitis, founder of the 15th Dynasty and king of the invading
Hyksos, or a later Hyksos king or vassal of the second half of the 15th
Dynasty, or a ruler of the 14th Dynasty, a line of kings of Canaanite
descent ruling over the Eastern Nile Delta immediately before the
arrival of the Hyksos.

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Today’s selected anniversaries:

1476:

War of the Castilian Succession: Although the Battle of Toro
was militarily inconclusive, it assured Ferdinand and Isabella the
throne of Castile, forming the basis for modern Spain.

1872:

Yellowstone National Park (bison pictured), the first national
park in the world, was established with the majority of it in the U.S.
state of Wyoming.

1921:

The Australian cricket team led by Warwick Armstrong became the
first team to complete a whitewash in the Ashes, something that would
not be repeated for 86 years.

1958:

Archbishop of Chicago Samuel Stritch was appointed Pro-Prefect
of the Sacred Congregation for the Propagation of Faith, thus becoming
the first American to head a dicastery of the Roman Curia.

2014:

A group of knife-wielding men and women attacked passengers at
Kunming railway station in Kunming, China, leaving 31 victims and 4
perpetrators dead with more than 140 others injured.

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Wiktionary’s word of the day:

bork:
1. (transitive, intransitive, US, politics, often pejorative) To defeat a
person’s appointment or election, judicial nomination, etc., through a
concerted attack on the person’s character, background, and philosophy.
[…]
2. (transitive, slang) To misconfigure, break, or damage, especially a
computer or other complex device. […]

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Wikiquote quote of the day:

  Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent
testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life.
 
–Yitzhak Rabin

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