POP QUIZ: MXVII (THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE SUPERBOWL)
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It’s 2017, in case you ain’t noticed.
Let’s have a look back in history at this prime year in each century.
1) 1017 : This king of England marries Emma of Normandy and divides England into the four Earldoms of Wessex, Mercia, East Anglia and Northumbria.
2) 1117 : The first recorded use of one of these devices for maritime navigation, this version probably using lodestone, is made by Chinese sailors of the Song Dynasty.
3) 1217 : Muqali, a great warrior , led forces against Jin Dynasty Chinese armies, Hebei, Shandong and Shaanxi provinces, and was awarded a hereditary title of Prince by this eminent leader.
4) 1317 : A successful summer harvest marks the end of the Great Famine, which had lasted two years and led to millions of deaths for the population of this continent.
5) 1417 : The Great Western Schism ends with the resignations of John XXIII and Pope Gregory XII and the excommunication of Benedict XIII, leaving this man the sole recognized Pope of the Western Catholic Church.
6) 1517: Noted troublemaker Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of a church in this (now German) town.
7) 1617 : This man, later to become King of Hungary and Holy Roman Emperor, is elected King Of Bohemia and begins an enforced Catholic reformation.
8) 1717 : In attempt to maintain the Treaty Of Utrecht and forestall Spanish aggression, these three countries form the Triple Alliance. (need to name all three)
9) 1817 : The Rush-Bagot Treaty is signed between the US and the UK, limiting the build-up of military force in this region. The treaty is later agreed to by the newly confederated Government of Canada, in 1867.
10) 1917 : “The Zimmerman Telegram” is released by the US Government. It proposes that should the US enter the war, Germany would be open to an alliance with this nation. It is considered to have played a major part in swaying the American public into entering the war.