George Fox was an English Dissenter and the founder of the Society of
Friends. At Derby in 1650 Fox was imprisoned for blasphemy; a judge
mocked Fox's exhortation to "tremble at the word of the Lord", calling
him and his followers "Quakers" — now the common name of the Society
of Friends . Living in a time of great social upheaval, he rebelled
against the religious and political consensus by proposing an unusual
and uncompromising approach to the Christian faith. His journal is a
text popular even among non-Quakers for its vivid account of his
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Today's selected anniversaries:
U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward negotiated the purchase of
Alaska from Russia.
Sultan Abdelhafid signed the Treaty of Fez, making Morocco a French
World War II: Wang Jingwei was installed by Japan as head of the
puppet government in China.
The Toronto Transit Commission launched the first subway system in
Merv Griffin's game show Jeopardy! made its debut on television.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever
loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in
love is done well." -- Vincent van Gogh