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Niccolo Machiavelli Dies at 58

Niccolo Machiavelli, renowned Renaissance-era Italian historian, politician, and writer, was born in Florence, Italy on May 3, 1469.

During the Medici family exile, Machiavelli worked as a member of the Florentine Republic specializing in handling military and diplomatic matters for 14 years. When the Medici family resumed power in 1512, he was dismissed from his post and imprisoned. Making use of his newly found free time, he authored The Prince, a political guide of sorts to ruthless ruling and cunning. Niccolo Machiavelli died on June 21, 1527.

Today, Machiavelli is considered the father of modern political theory, specifically dealing with ethics in politics. Niccolo also inspired the term Machiavellianism, which means “the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct”.

 

Sources: Wikipedia, Biography

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First Day of Summer

The first day of summer, also referred to as the Summer Solstice, occurs when the sun is at a point where it is farthest North. The Summer Solstice typically occurs on June 20 or 21.

The Summer Solstice also happens to be the longest day of the year! Celebrate your extra time out in the summer sun by swimming, having a barbecue with friends, or doing other summery activities.

Sources: Calendar Updates, Almanac.com

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Cuckoo Warning Day

Have you heard the call of the cuckoo yet?

According to The Ultimate Holiday Site, if you hear the call of a cuckoo bird on June 21, there’s a wet summer ahead. We’re not sure where this superstition came from or whether or not it’s true, but we do know that, in Europe (where cuckoos spend their spring and summer after wintering in Africa), the call of the cuckoo is a welcoming indicator that spring is here and the green grass and warmth of summer are just around the corner.

If you’re in Europe and hear the call of the cuckoo bird today (or any time between early April and late June), consider yourself lucky, as Europe has recently seen a decline in cuckoo birds. But a lucky few have reported cuckoo soundings and sightings since April.

If you don’t live in a region inhabited by the cuckoo bird, find a cuckoo clock or practice making your own cuckoo call.

Whether or not you hear the cuckoo’s song, celebrate the good news the cuckoo bird brings with William Wordsworth’s poem “To the Cuckoo.”

Sources: The Ultimate Holiday SiteWikipediaThis Is Surrey Today

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