January 11 630 – The Prophet Muhammad Conquers Mecca

January 11 630 – The Prophet Muhammad Conquers MeccaRate this post Separated from one of two Muslim holy cities for the better part of a decade, the Prophet Muhammad launched an assault on the Quraysh holders of Mecca on January 11, 630. Bolstered by a decisive victory, Islam would soon control the Arabian Peninsula and advance into Africa and the rest of the Middle East. Two years before, in 628, Muhammad and his followers approached Mecca seeking to worship at the Kaaba, the most important site in the infant religion. Once a resident of the city, Muhammad was forced to flee in 622 after being persecuted and threatened with assassination. […]

January 11 1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument Is Created In Northern Arizona

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January 11 1908 – The Grand Canyon National Monument Is Created In Northern ArizonaRate this post With the famous declaration, “The ages had been at work on it, and man can only mar it,” US President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon in northwestern Arizona a national monument on January 11, 1908. By declaring it thus, the president allowed for public preservation work to be undertaken and the Grand Canyon is now one of the most visited sites in the US. President Roosevelt was awestruck by the natural beauty of the region during his visit in 1903 and was of the strong opinion that it was the nation’s responsibility to […]