Comparisons Are Odious: Ferguson and Middle Ages Justice
John Fortescue is a judge of the King's bench and unswervingly loyal to King Henry the 6th. After King Henry was deposed, John fled with the family and began the education of the young Prince of Wales. He wrote a book to help with that education. It is entitled "Commendation of the Laws of England." Obviously the judge is unhappy with the English justice system as it is. The book won't be published for another 70 years, but it will be remembered in the modern day for two quotes:
- "Comparisons Are Odious"
- "One would much rather that twenty guilty persons should escape the punishment of death, than that one innocent person should be condemned and suffer capitally."
In a Word: Tangerine... Mocha... and the Beatles
The Portuguese invade what is known today as Tangier, Morocco in north Africa. They want to establish a colony there since it was once a Christian stronghold. They had tried an invasion years before but this time it's going to work. Tangier will become a base of operations and a major shipping port for centuries to come. Like the port of Mocha in Yemen which shipped coffee beans, a special product will take on the name of the port of Tangier from which it is shipped... Tangerines.    
This Year in Wikipedia
Year 1471, Wikipedia.
- Sanders, Sam (November 11, 2014). Ferguson, Mo., Anxiously Awaits Michael Brown Grand Jury Decision. npr.org. Retrieved on 20 November 2014.
- Bartlett, John. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 14th Edition. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1968. p. 171a (BOOK)
- (1968) "Tangerine", Words from History (PDF), Books on Words, Boston: Houghton Mifflin. “"At the extreme west of the southern Mediterranean shore was the Roman city of Tingis. It was taken by the Arabs when they swept across northern Africa in the seventh century, and kept by them till 1471, when the Portuguese took it."”
- Tangier - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 21 November 2014.
- Tangerine - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
- Mocha, Yemen - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
- The Casbah Coffee Club - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 24 November 2014.
- Kasbah - Wikipedia (2014). Retrieved on 24 November 2014.