Obit: April 29 in History Osama was assassinated


To put things in perspective, some highlights from Wikipedia’s entry on 29 April, ‘the 119th day of the year’ which numerologically gives it the esoteric weight of 11 or Justice. It is interesting note looking at list below how accurate that number is, excluding the year of course.
  • 711 – Moorish troops led by Tariq ibn-Ziyad  (died c. 720) land at Gibraltar begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula. Spain was under Visigothic rule but was rent by civil war over the spreading of Christianity.  The opposing side’s leader was  Witiza a Basque Arianist¹who had under his rule many original Spanish Jews banished from Israel by Nebuchaneser.   They appealed to the Muslims for help in the civil war hoping in the melee they would be able to secure Spain for themselves.
    • That didn’t work, instead in May 711 Ṭāriq landed on Gibraltar with an army of 7,000 men, mostly Berbers, Syrians, and Yemenis and decided to keep it for themselves and marched upon Toledo, then the  capital of the kingdom, and occupied that city against little resistance.
    • Toledo had a long and varied history, but was always important. Legend  ascribes its foundation to Hercules, or Tubal — Genesis 10,the son of Japheth, grandsonson of Noah. Modern scholarship has identified the biblical Tubal with Tabal, an Anatolian state and region mentioned in Assyrian sources.
    • His tribe was exiled by Nebuchadrezzar and upon settling their named their city Toledolh, “the city of a generation.”  It was believed that the jewels of the “tabernacle” were hidden there by the Jewish Refugees, and so Mūsā  arrived in Spain with a force of more than 18,000 in 712 joined his friend. Together the two generals occupied more than two-thirds of the Iberian Peninsula in the next few years. In 714 Mūsā and Ṭāriq were summoned by the caliph back to Damascus, where they were both accused of misappropriation of funds and died in obscurity but Spain remained Muslim.

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  •  1429 – Joan of Arc arrives to relieve the Siege of Orleans (October 12, 1428–May 8, 1429) by English forces. It is the military turning point of the Hundred Years’ War. Saint Joan persuaded Charles VII to send an army to relieve the city that was just on the point of capitulation.
    • Diversionary action against one of the English forts enabled Joan, who was in Chézy, five miles upstream, to enter Orléans with supplies on April 30. She stormed the principal English forts & the Duke of Suffolk abandoned the siege. She was later burnt at the stake for her actions.

 

 

  • 1672 – Louis XIV — the Sun King —  of France invades the Netherlands for what is called the Franco-dutch War, (1672–78), the second war of conquest by him.  Louis’s chief aim was to establish French possession of the Spanish Netherlands after having forced the Dutch Republic’s acquiescence.
 1916 – The British 6th Indian Division surrenders to Ottoman Forces at the Siege of Kut, a small town a 100 miles south of Baghdad, in eastern Iraq on the Tigris River.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • 1951 – Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein(born April 26, 1889, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now in Austria] —dies in Cambridge England from prostate cancer. He was born into the wealthy Wittgenstein family of Austrian Jewish descent, homosexual and mentor to Alan Turing, the gifted cryptographer.
    • Wittgenstein read at Oxford in the philosophy of mathematics (e.g., “What is mathematical truth?” and “What are numbers?”) and the problems that arise from thinking about the mind (e.g., “What is consciousness?” and “What is a soul?”). Wittgenstein’s method is not to engage directly in polemics against specific philosophical theories but rather to trace their source in confusions about language, this was further refined by Dr. Stanley Fish.

 

  • 1970 – United States and South Vietnamese forces invade Cambodia.
  • 1992 – Riots in Los Angeles, California, following the acquittal of police officers charged with excessive force in the beating of Rodney King.
    • Twenty years later, King died a suicide on 17 June 2012.

      Rodney King
  • 1997 – The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 enters into force, outlawing the production, stockpiling and use of weapons of Mass Destruction.

 

  • 2011– Osama bin Laden killed by US Navy Seal team #6 giving the War Cry of Geronimo, the great Apache chief and my father’s hero.

Footnotes:

  1. Arianism — the philosophic thought that denies the Holy Trinity and thus the divinity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  They claim that there is only one God.  The United Church of Christ, Reverend Jeremiah’s church, Unitarians, Jews and Muslims all agree with that supposition.
  2. Chief source was Encyclopaedia Britannica c. 1911.