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Sargon of Akkad
, also known as Sargon the Great
, meaning "the true king
" or "the king is legitimate"), was an Akkadian
king famous for his conquest of the Sumerian
city-states in the 24th and 23rd centuries BC. The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad, Sargon reigned for 56 years, c. 2333 – 2279 BC (short chronology
). He became a prominent member of the royal court of Kish
, ultimately overthrowing its king before embarking on the conquest of Mesopotamia
. Sargon's vast empire is known to have extended from Elam
to the Mediterranean
sea, including Mesopotamia, parts of modern-day Iran
, and possibly parts of Anatolia
and the Arabian peninsula
. He ruled from a new capital, Akkad (Agade), which the Sumerian king list claims he built (or possibly renovated), on the left bank of the Euphrates
. Sargon is regarded as one of the first individuals in recorded history to create a multiethnic, centrally ruled empire
, and his dynasty controlled Mesopotamia for around a century and a half. (Read more...)
Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈuɣo rafaˈel ˈtʃaβes ˈfɾi.as]; 28 July 1954 – 5 March 2013), commonly known as Hugo Chávez, was a Venezuelan politician who served as the 64th President of Venezuela from 1999 to 2013. He was also leader of the Fifth Republic Movement from its foundation in 1997 until 2007, when it merged with several other parties to form the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), which he led until 2012.
Born into a working-class family in Sabaneta, Barinas, Chávez became a career military officer, and after becoming dissatisfied with the Venezuelan political system based on the Punto Fijo Pact, he founded the clandestine Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200) in the early 1980s. Chávez led the MBR-200 in an unsuccessful coup d'état against the Democratic Action government of President Carlos Andrés Pérez in 1992, for which he was imprisoned. Released from prison after two years, he founded a political party known as the Fifth Republic Movement and was elected president of Venezuela in 1998. He was re-elected in 2000 and again in 2006 with over 60% of the votes. After winning his fourth term as president in the October 2012 presidential election, he was to be sworn in on 10 January 2013, but Venezuela's National Assembly postponed the inauguration to allow him time to recover from medical treatment in Cuba. Suffering a return of the cancer originally diagnosed in June 2011, Chávez died in Caracas on 5 March 2013 at the age of 58.
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On this day – June 20
- 1756 - Joseph Martin Kraus, Swedish composer (d. 1792)
- 1909 - Errol Flynn, Australian actor (d. 1959)
- 1924 - Audie Murphy, American actor (d. 1971)
- 1928 - Jean-Marie Le Pen, French politician
- 1942 - Brian Wilson, American bass player and singer (The Beach Boys)
- 1945 - Anne Murray, Canadian singer
- 1946 - Xanana Gusmão, President of East Timor
- 1949 - Lionel Richie, American musician and singer (The Commodores)
- 1967 - Nicole Kidman, (pictured) Australian actress
- 1978 - Frank Lampard, English footballer
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Quote of the week
"Accept the truth from whatever source it comes."
In Shemonah Perakim (Eight Chapters)