16 July 2007

Historical Connections?

I suspect that Colorado's capitol hill shooter wasn't motivated by historical dates, but July 16 does have some potential significance.

*Ivan IV of Russia murdered (1764)

*Mark Annius Florianus of Rome murdered (276)

The death of an emperor, of course, is followed by the ascension of a new one.

More plausible might be a connection to Emperor Norton I, an eccentric in San Francisco who purported to dissolve the United States on July 16, 1860.

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