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January 24: Emperor Hadrian (76 CE)

It was on this date, January 24, 76 CE, that the Roman Emperor Hadrian was born in Rome, or perhaps in Spain. From a successful military career, and a quick rise through the political elite of Rome, Hadrian became the adopted son of Emperor Trajan and succeeded him as Emperor. Hadrian mitigated but did not abolish slavery, had the legal code humanized and forbade torture. He built libraries, aqueducts, baths and theaters. Hadrian is considered by most historians to have been wise and just…

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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February 8: John Ruskin

Ruskin never went to church, but he gave away most of his wealth in founding a charity called the Guild of St. George in the 1870s.



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