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Halley's Comet

Edmond Halley has not been born yet, but the comet that will one day bear his name shows up this year anyway. This is the first of four sightings that Halley will use to prove in 1705 that these are all the same comet looping around every 75 to 76 years. There is a rumor that Pope Calixtus the 3rd has issued a Bull regarding the comet, calling for extra prayers but there is no supporting evidence that he did any such a thing. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Comets are seen by some people as a sign of something terrible to come. Here in Texas, Pastor John Hagee has written a book entitled: "Four Blood Moons," which I read. It attempts to prove that the appearance of 4 lunar eclipses are a sign of a major change... the end times. The Pastor seems like a nice guy. Really, but I read the supporting texts and I'm not buying his logic. He makes the point that he is not trying to convince people like me. Fair enough. Respectfully, I'm not convinced. [8]

Age of Discovery and Exile: the Cape Verde Islands

Portuguese explorers have discovered the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa that they also called Cape Verde which is modern day Senegal. Though they find the islands uninhabited, it is likely they have been visited by others over the centuries since so many other uninhabited islands they have visited have some evidence of prior occupation. [9] [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
In 1496 King Manuel the 1st of Portugal will expel the Jews from Portugal. This is following the Jews being expelled from Spain in 1492. So many will be scattered to places like the Cape Verde Islands that for a time the label "Portuguese" will be synonymous with "Jewish". Some Jews will also be scattered to the waters since some of those voyages from Portugal will be one-way trips to Davey's Locker as some unscrupulous sailors take advantage of their helpless passengers. When you are trapped on a peninsula the only way out is across the water. When Spain expelled the Jews, many went to Portugal and when Portugal expelled the Jews their were few option left. Can you really trust slave runners? I don't think so. (FYI: I'm not condemning all Portuguese but if some sailors have no trouble with kidnapping Africans because they aren't Christians, the Jews amongst them are wide open to such abuses.)[11] [12]

This Year in Wikipedia

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See Also


  1. Halley's Comet - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  2. Pope Callixtus III: Halley's Comet - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  3. Edmond Halley: Exploration Years - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  4. Halley's Comet - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  5. Stein, John. Bartolomeo Platina. The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911. 29 Oct. 2014.
  6. Rigge, W. F., 1910PA.....18..214R An Historical Examination of the Connection of Calixtus III with Halley's Comet. Popular Astronomy, Vol. 18, pp. 214-219. 2014 [last update]
  7. Pope Callixtus III - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  8. Blood Moon Prophecy - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  9. History of Cape Verde - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  10. Senegal - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  11. Jews of Bilad el-Sudan - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
  12. History of the Jews in Cape Verde - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]

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