200 years ago in American law

1813_04 People v Philips

Last year, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of this landmark case, the trial was recreated on stage by the Center for Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU.  Videos of the performance are posted at YouTube if you want to see it.  The full play is in 6 parts; the link should create easy access to Parts 2-6 to appear on the right side of the screen.


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  1. chrissythehyphenated

    I’m still doing the April-Nisan matcher count. Between 2 BC (Jesus’ birth) and 1813 (this event), there were only 42 years when the dates of these two months matched exactly. That’s 42 out of 1,815 possibles. If I did the math right, that’s only 2%. But there’s no rhythm to the dates, so I can’t predict, only look at every year and count. E.g., there were FIVE matchers in the 1st century – THREE of which were within Jesus’ lifetime – but NONE at all between 1074 and 1604!

    I’ve been googling the matcher years to see if anything interesting pops. I’m particularly interested in events of religious significance that happened in April. Notable finds in addition to the one above include:

    13 CE: April – Jesus (having turned 13 the previous summer) went to Passover in Jerusalem for the first time as a bar mitzvah.

    32 CE: April – Jesus fed multitude, walked on water, taught the Eucharist (John 6 – Passover season).

    637 CE: April – The Siege of Jerusalem ended when the Christian garrison surrendered the city to Arab Muslim control.

    1775 CE: April 19th – The American Revolution began (during Passover) with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.