Olga Constantinovna of Russia (1851–1926) was Queen of the Hellenes as
the wife of King George I of Greece. A member of the Romanov dynasty,
she married George in 1867 aged 16. At first, she felt ill at ease in
the Kingdom of Greece, but she quickly became involved in social and
charitable work, although her attempt to promote a new, more accessible,
Greek translation of the Gospels sparked riots by religious
conservatives. On the assassination of her husband in 1913, Olga
returned to Russia. When the First World War broke out, she set up a
military hospital in Pavlovsk Palace. She was trapped there after the
Russian Revolution of 1917, until the intervention of the Danish embassy
allowed her to escape to Switzerland. Olga could not return to Greece as
her son, King Constantine I, had been deposed. In October 1920, she
returned to Athens on the fatal illness of her grandson, King Alexander.
After his death, she was appointed regent until the restoration of
Constantine I the following month. The Greek royal family were again
exiled after defeat in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–22) and Olga spent
the last years of her life in the United Kingdom, France and Italy.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olga_Constantinovna_of_Russia>
Today's selected anniversaries:
Roman emperor Diocletian's first "Edict against the Christians"
was published, beginning the Diocletianic Persecution, the last and most
severe episode of the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire.
Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, considered the
first fully developed opera, was first performed in Mantua, Duchy of
Mantua (now in Italy).
At a meeting of the German Workers' Party, Adolf Hitler
outlined the party's 25-point programme and the party changed its name
to the Nazi Party.
World War II: The United States Army long-range penetration
special operations unit known as Merrill's Marauders began a 1000-mile
(1600 km) march over the Patkai region of the Himalayas and into the
Burmese jungle behind Japanese lines.
United Airlines Flight 811 experienced an uncontrolled
decompression after leaving Honolulu International Airport, Hawaii,
killing nine passengers when their seats were sucked out of the plane.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(informal) One who is disadvantaged or exploited within a modern
technological society, especially through inability to use computer
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's
life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of
other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown
out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow
your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want
to become. Everything else is secondary.
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