Here are some one liners...
The Last Veto of the English Monarchy... Sort of -- Queen Anne is afraid that the Scots might rebel so she vetoes the military part of the bill that unifies Scotland and England. I talk about the Declaration of Independence and the problem with a King that vetoes laws from a distance.
Teaching Hospitals and Teaching Students -- A Dutch botanist with a tough last name publishes on inflammation. He also establishes the idea of teaching hospitals. I talk about teaching and common core.
Europe Produces Its Own Hard Porcelain -- Dresden has come up with a process to produce Chinese porcelain. I talk about the difference between ceramic and porcelain.
The Last Veto of the English Monarchy... Sort ofQueen Anne refuses to go whole hog on the unification of Scotland and England, now called Great Britain. Unifying the Parliaments at Westminster is working, but they are still working out the military unification. A last minute rumor of a French force sailing for Scotland has spooked the Queen's advisors. She is a reasonably popular Queen but not exactly a strong Queen. She takes the council of her fears and exercises the right of a constitutional monarch to deny royal assent. In other words, she vetoes the Scottish Militia Bill and the majority of Parliament breathes a sigh of relief... except for a few Scots who now know they are not trusted... not really. In the years to come the monarchy will use various tactics to divert Parliament from passing disagreeable laws, but this is the last time a denial of royal assent will be used in Great Britain. The British colonies are a different matter.    
Teaching Hospitals and Teaching StudentsA Dutch botanist (Herman B.) has published his theory on the how inflammation works. His motto, "Simplicity is the sign of truth," is a variation on Occam's Razor: the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Herman introduces the idea of teaching hospitals where doctors are taught by doing. This is also the year when Albrecht von Haller is born. He will become one of Herman's students and he will be considered the father of modern physiology which is the study of the function of organisms. Later, Herman's ideas on heat transfer will be used by Benjamin Franklin to invent his Franklin Stove.     
Europe Produces Its Own Hard PorcelainDresden has done it! Chinese porcelain is really expensive, since it must be shipped thousands of miles from China to Europe. Until this time, Europe could only produce a soft-paste porcelain, which is porous and easily broken. They have finally found a method of producing hard-paste porcelain in Dresden, Saxony which is a province of modern day Germany. The formula is made from two types of feldspar (a crystallized lava rock) and a mineralized clay, all mixed into a compound and fired extremely hot. The main advantage is that there is less breakage when porcelain is exposed to a hot liquid.   
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