February 27, 2013

Scenario Planning in History: February 27

Patrick Marren
Partner

Some are born scenario planning; some achieve scenario planning; others have scenario planning thrust upon them by the Futures Strategy Group. We hope you will soon be among the latter.

Unexpected things that happened on this date in history:

272: Constantine the Not-Yet-Great is born, in Britain, to a Roman officer father from what is now Yugoslavia. (Bet you didn't know THAT.)

380: Emperor Theodosius I tells all Romans that it is his wish that they convert to Christianity. (Most take the hint.)

425: The University of Constantinople ("Go Fighting Bulgar-Slayers!") is founded by Theodosius II, at the urging of his wife Aelia Eudocia, who wants to turn their 18 year-old son's bedroom into a sitting room.

1812: Lord Byron gives his only speech in the House of Lords, defending violent Luddite protests against industrialization. The Lords rise as one cheering and ram through a bill stopping all industrialization for all time. (Just checking to see if you're awake. If you are keeping score at home, that's Industrial Revolution 1, Dissolute Rich Rakehell Poet 0.)

1844: The Dominican Republic throws off the shackles of the imperialism that we have all learned to associate with the cruel and hegemonic Republic of Haiti, and declares independence. 

1943: The Rosenstrasse protest, by "Aryan" wives of Jewish men who had been arrested for deportation, demanding their release, begins in Berlin. The protest works. Who knew.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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