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This week long ago….

Instead of a specific event from one day long ago and far away … This week we are highlighting the birthdays of some folk we feel you might be interested in investigating further…
Henry Pelham was born in 1694. In his political career he served as Secretary of War, Paymaster of the Forces, and the Prime Minister. In his Prime Ministerial career he reorganised the Royal Navy in the 1749 Consolidation Act, adopted the Gregorian Calendar, allowed Jews to become citizens and established a formal minimum marriage age. For those of us in Nottingham the Pelhams are one of the most significant establishing families in the formation of the modern city, the lands of much of the side of the city where Arcane Scenery lives belonging to the Dukes of Newcastle.

Henry Pelham

Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, born in 1358, 3rd Shogun of Ashikaga shogunate. A negotiating shogun, he resolved a rift between the Northern and Southern Courts, and ended the Nanboku -cho fighting. He was a patron of the arts and his support helped the Noh theatre traditions establish.

Frederick William II of Prussia, 1744, supported (along with Leopold II) Louis XVI in the French Revolution. He took part in the campaigns of 1792 and 1793, but when he died he was bankrupt and during the campaigns he had been unable to offer a good fiscal support.

Frederick William II of Prussia

Cuthbert Collingwood born in 1748, Admiral of the Royal Navy. He served alongside Nelson at Trafalgar, whilst Nelson was on the Victory leading one line Collingwood in the Royal Sovereign leading the other.

Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood

Lawrence Sullivan Ross, born in 1838. Ross was a Army General for the Confederacy, Govenor of Texas and president of what is now Texas A&M University. His greatest fame coming from his role in the Battle of Pease River, against the Comanche.

Lawrence Sullivan Ross


Not a particularly heroic man, but a notable one none the less. Nazi doctor Carl Clauberg was born in 1898. He served in the first Wold War in the German infantry, and when hostilities ceased went to study medicine. his specific interest was in gynaecological medicine. A member of the National Socialist party since 1933, in 1942 he asked Himmler if he could experiment on women in concentration camps. The doctor went to work at Auschwitz where by injecting liquid acid into the uteruses of un-anaesthetised Jewish and Roma women. He then moved onto using intensive levels of X-rays. Both in an effort to find an en masse approach to sterilisation. Many died from the ‘treatment’, and several were killed so that they could be autopsied. He died before he could be put on trial.


Pompey the great. Poor unfortunate Pompey was both born and died on the 29th September (not the same one we should add). Before he was assisinated by Egyptian leader Ptolemy, Pompey had millitary successes in Africa (the Roman named nationed rather than the whole continent), and dealt with the straglers in Spartacuses army. He was a politician and though besotted with Caesar’s daughter Julia he was not always on Caesar’s sode…

Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson and 1st Duke of Bronté 1758. Regarded by most (save for Arcane Scenery’s Rob) as a great hero. Leading from the front in a very literal way he lost and eye and an arm, and at the Battle of Trafalgar his life. Aged 47. Though he courted some controversy by becoming ‘close friends’ with Lady Hamilton, his taking the Victory to head the battle line at Trafalgar over the Temeraire resulting in being shot by the Redoubtable solidified his position as a hero in 19th Century Britain.

Lech Wałęsa, Polish trade unionist, fire brand, Prime Minister and electrician was born in 1943. Though this Nobel Peace Prize winner has not taken Poland into any major conflicts, he was fundamental in the restructuring of Poland from the after effects of the second world war which were felt long after the end.