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1. ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
20th October 1740
Maria Theresa becomes empress of Austria
Maria Theresa was one of the greatest, longest-reigning and most important rulers of the Austrian Habsburg empire. Her power was enhanced by her marriage to Francis I, the Holy Roman Emperor. Together they had 16 children, though ten did not survive childhood.
Highly intelligent and understanding the importance of public image, she courted popularity very successfully and was for most of her reign a popular ruler.
She pushed through effective financial reforms and promoted both commerce and agriculture, enhancing the wealth of the empire. She improved the military which was in a poor state on her accession. She was however an absolute ruler who tolerated no opposition and there was no religious toleration of those outside the Roman Catholic faith, and the regime as a whole was bigoted and superstitious.
Immediately on accession she had to fight to keep her throne in the War Of Austrian Succession (1740-1748), which she did with the aid of Britain, Russia and Holland against the French, Spanish and Prussians. However the province of Silesia, which the Austrians coveted, was retained by Prussia. In 1756 she participated in the Seven Years War in alliance with France, hoping to gain Silesia, but France was defeated and again Silesia remained in Prussia.
The death of her husband Francis in 1765 left her devastated and affected her physical and mental health. In 1767 she contracted but survived smallpox, though her health was permanently affected. Reluctantly to counter the growing strength of Prussia she participated in the partitions of Poland, gaining Galicia and Lodomeria.
She gave the Habsburg dominions an efficient administrative system that allowed it to remain a great power in its own right, without the support of the Holy Roman Empire. Her descendants followed her example and continued reforming the empire. The acquisition of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria gave the empire an even more multinational character that would ultimately lead to its destruction. Her introduction of compulsory schooling, as a means of Germanization, eventually triggered the revival of Czech culture. She died in 1780.
2. TODAY IN MY LIFE
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3. TODAY'S SELF-OBSERVATION
Today I will be doing the housework I didn't do yesterday, but still have time abundance to use as wisely as possible. Ultimate priority is mind management, as that determines quality of life.
4. TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU
Is what you're doing serving your purpose?
5. TODAY'S WEATHER IN BRADFORD
Dry and sunny all day
Cloudy with clear spells after dusk
Heavy rain arrives early morning tomorrow
A moderate north-westerly will swing south-easterly in the late evening
Max Temp = 11 degC at 1pm
Min Temp = 7 degC at 8am
Sunrise at 07:43
Sunset at 17:59
Weathertrack: An anticyclone will keep Britain dry today but is retreating south-west
Air Pressure: 1028 millibars and falling
6. TODAY'S ONELINER
I'm so introverted, I refuse to talk to myself
7. NOW THAT'S FUNNY!
Experts estimate that in a lifetime, a human brain may retain one quadrillion separate bits of information.
9. ZEN WISDOM
Make today blossom in the manner most appropriate to the person you uniquely are! Always make the maximum difference with what you have.