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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

John II, Pepperdine U, Granada

January 2, 533. John II (original name, Mercury) ascends the Papacy. Among other acts, hwe as “famous contradicting, under pressure from the Eastern emperor, the teaching of a previous pope (Hormisdas) on a matter of doctrine." [Source: Richard P. McBrien, Lives of the Popes: The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1997), p. 89]


January 2, 1492. Spain expels Muslim forces from Granada. [Source: McBrien: p. 267.]georgepepperdine.jpg


January 1, 1971. Pepperdine College, named after American business tycoon and automobile industry pioneer George Pepperdine, officially becomes a University. Among the school’s more prominent lawyer-professors* are Kenneth Starr and F. LaGard Smith. [Source: Reuel Lemmons, Firm Foundation 88 (1971), p. 2. More on Pepperdine U here.


 


ERRATUM: I earlier made a mistake of referring to Starr and Smith as Pepperdine U "alumni." Many thanks to my esteemed brother Edward Fudge, for correcting this wrong information. In his 03Jan07 e-mail to me, he noted: "... You have made a factual error, I believe. LaGard Smith is not an alumnus of Pepperdine but rather taught in its law school for many years. And I don't believe that Ken Starr is an alumnus either, but is recently-appointed law school Dean."





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