Magic can be found in the darkest places with a trained eye. Sometimes, it only needs a little imagination or creativity to manifest something enchanting.
Reflecting on the past months and sitting with today’s existence, I am reminded how, during formidable times, our strength breaks though and builds us to be better souls. I find that this realisation comes long after the most challenging times where hope felt thin.
The bigger picture reveals our accomplishments and progress. I continually have to remind myself of this when I feel that I am in a slump and need motivation. I have decided to share with you interesting things that happened in November. I confess that I cherry picked events that I found most interesting for November and included a few extra positive developments for South Africa. There are so many more to discover.
Queen Elizabeth I ascended the throne of England at the age of 25, reigning until 1603 when she was 69. Under her leadership, England became a world power, defeating the Spanish Armada, and witnessed a golden age of literature featuring works by William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser and others.
A provisional peace treaty was signed between Great Britain and the United States heralding the end of America’s War of Independence. The final treaty was signed in Paris on September 3, 1783. It declared the U.S. “…to be free, sovereign and independent states…” and that the British Crown “…relinquishes all claims to the government, propriety and territorial rights of the same, and every part thereof.”
The first streetcar went into operation
The first term of classes begin for twelve female students from across New England, New York and Ohio at Boston Female Medical College. This is the first school to train women in the field of medicine.
Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was first published, theorizing that all the living creatures descended from a common ancestor.
Vaccine for diphtheria announced by Dr Roux of Paris
X-rays (electromagnetic rays) were discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany.
King Tut’s tomb was discovered at Luxor, Egypt, by British archaeologist Howard Carter after several years of searching. The child-King Tutankhamen became pharaoh at age nine and died around 1352 B.C. at age 19. The tomb was found mostly intact, containing numerous priceless items now exhibited in Egypt’s National Museum in Cairo.
Yale University accepts women for coeducation
Mary Robinson became Ireland’s first female president.
British Prime Minister John Major announced Queen Elizabeth II had agreed to pay taxes on her personal income.
South Africa adopted a new constitution after more than 300 years of white majority rule. The constitution provided basic civil rights to blacks and was approved by representatives of the ruling party, as well as members of 20 other political parties.
The first all-race local government elections took place in South Africa, marking the end of the apartheid system.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II opened a new session of Parliament by announcing a bill to do away with the centuries-old right of aristocrats to sit in the House of Lords, thereby taking membership and voting rights away from 759 Dukes, Earls and other hereditary nobles with titles dating as far back as the Middle Ages.