Regulamentul Organic was a quasi-constitutional organic law enforced
in 1831-1832 by the Imperial Russian authorities in Moldavia and
Wallachia (the two Danubian Principalities that were to become the
basis of the modern Romanian state). The official onset of a common
Russian protectorate lasting until 1854, and itself officially in
place until 1858, the document signified a partial confirmation of
traditional government (including rule by the hospodars). Conservative
in its scope, it also engendered a period of unprecedented reforms
which provided a setting for the Westernization of local society. The
Regulament offered the two Principalities their first common system of
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Guy Fawkes was executed for his involvement in the Gunpowder Plot
against the English Parliament and King James I.
The London Lock Hospital, the first clinic specialising in the
treatment of venereal diseases, was opened.
In Yugoslavia, a new constitution established the six constituent
republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro,
Serbia and Slovenia.
Aboard Mercury-Redstone 2, Ham the Chimp became the first higher
primate to travel in outer space.
Wikiquote of the day:
Science is clearly one of the most profound methods that humans have
yet devised for discovering truth, while religion remains the single
greatest force for generating meaning. Truth and meaning, science and
religion; but we still cannot figure out how to get the two of them
together in a fashion that both find acceptable... if some sort of
reconciliation between science and religion is not forthcoming, the
future of humanity is, at best, precarious. -- Ken Wilber